Equitrekking Hawaii's Big Island
Equitrekking’s Emmy nominated host and equestrian travel expert Darley Newman rides with paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys, at Parker Ranch and Kahua Ranch, both working cattle ranches in Waimea, the Big Island’s cowboy country. Next Darley ventures down into Waipi’o Valley, the Valley of the Kings, one of the most remote and sacred spots on the Big Island and home to a unique breed of wild horses.
With a cattle ranching history predating mainland American ranches by a generation, the people of Hawaii have strong ties to horses. Equitrekking explores this tradition, beginning at Parker Ranch, one of the oldest and largest ranches in the United States. To experience life as a Hawaiian paniolo (cowboy), Darley rides through green pastures with majestic Mauna Kea as a backdrop and learns about cowboy culture in Waimea.
Next Darley rides at Kahua Ranch, a working cattle ranch in Waimea. Darley takes in stunning views of the ocean and Kohala coastline as she gallops through the lush, green hills. Next Darley hits a black sand beach, goes outrigger canoeing surrounded by sea turtles, explores Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and attends a luau.
Finally, Equitrekking ventures to one of the most remote and sacred parts of the Big Island, Waipi’o Valley, the Valley of the Kings. This sacred valley is home to a herd of wild horses, the only wild herd in the state. Riding Hawaiian Horses, Darley learns about this unique breed, while munching on avocado, papaya, and star fruit grown on trees in the valley. Only a small number of people live in this valley, surrounded by 1000-foot cliffs lined with waterfalls. Darley learns about life “off the grid,” as she explores the rivers and natural wonders of this special place.
Emmy nominated host and producer Darley Newman takes viewers to the best destinations to go horseback riding, exploring with local people to learn about history, culture and stunning wildlife and natural surroundings. Experience equestrian travel as expert Darley takes you riding on the beaches of Southern Spain, in a northern California Redwood Forest, the rainforest in Costa Rica or through the lush, green countryside of Ireland. For both arm-chair travelers and those preparing to take their equestrian adventure, Equitrekking transports viewers to exotic destinations on this Emmy Award winning travel series.