Reyn Dudoit and son team roping at Kapualei Ranch
It was on a horseback riding vacation in Lanai, Hawaii
that I first learned of the Molokai Stampede. My Lanai riding guide, Cody Bradford, was wearing beautiful custom-made western chaps tanned from the hides of axis deer, unique to the Hawaiian islands of Lanai and Molokai. In his office I spied a hand tooled leather western saddle with Molokai Stampede boldly stamped on the leather fenders of the saddle.
Paniolo – Hawaiian cowboy
“When is this Molokai Stampede? And where can I get a pair of chaps like that?” I asked Cody.
It turns out that my wrangler hailed from Benjamin, Utah with ranching blood running thick in his veins. He competes annually in the Molokai Stampede, taking place the first weekend in November at Kapualei Ranch. Cowboys and cowgirls from all over Hawaii ship their horses over by barge, anxious to compete with one another in roping and riding skills at this rodeo.