The Last of the Hawaiian Cowboys

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Shane Ho'opai (far right) and some volunteer friends break up banana stumps in preparation for cooking a wild pig for Shane's brother Jesse's wedding at their 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.