The Last of the Hawaiian Cowboys

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Brothers Shane and Jesse Ho'opai (far left and center) share a laugh while preparing a wild pig for Jesse's wedding at his father's home in Waimea, Hawaii.  "We have some river rocks and keawe wood and then we'll put a bed of banana stumps and ti leaves down and then we'll put the pigs in," says Jesse Ho'opai, describing the traditional Hawaiian kalua pig-cooking process.  "The pigs will cook for hours and come out very soft and tasty," he adds.  Many of the cowboy families supplement their income by hunting and fishing.  "Growing up, we survived off the pork," says Shane Ho'opai, Jesse's brother.  "When my dad worked for Parker Ranch, he didn't bring home that much," he explains.