The Last of the Hawaiian Cowboys

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A bull rider competes in the bullriding competition at the "Panaewa Stampede Rodeo" at the Panaewa Equestrian Center in Hilo, Hi. Participating in rodeos has always been a large part of the Hawaiian cowboy culture which served to bring cowboys together outside of work to have fun and bond.  "There were Japanese cowboys, Phillipino cowboys, Hawaiian cowboys, Portuguese cowboys, Chinese cowboys...We all ate together, played together, rode horses together, rodeod together.  It was all family," says Sonny Keakealani of his younger years as a cowboy and the community he was part of.