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Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World's Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West In the spirit of The Boys in the Boat comes the captivating true story of the Hawaiian cowboys who changed rodeo and the West forever In August , three unknown riders arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, their hats adorned with wildflowers, to compete in the world s greatest rodeo They had travelled , miles from Hawaii, where their ancestors had herded cattle for generations, to test themselves against the toughest riders in the West Dismissed by whites, who considered themselves the only true cowboys, the Hawaiians left the heartland as champions and American legendsDavid Wolman and Julian Smith s Aloha Rodeo unspools a fascinating and little known tale, blending rough knuckled frontier drama with a rousing underdog narrative Tracing the life story of steer roping virtuoso Ikua Purdy and his cousins Jack Low and Archie Ka au a, the writers delve into the dual histories of ranching in the islands and the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Cheyenne, Holy City of the Cow At the turn of the century, larger than life personalities like Buffalo Bill Cody and Theodore Roosevelt capitalized on a national obsession with the Wild West, and helped transform Cheyenne s annual Frontier Days celebration into an unparalleled rodeo spectacle, the Daddy of em All A great deal rode on the Hawaiians shoulders during those dusty days in August Just a decade earlier, the overthrow of Hawaii s monarchy and forced annexation by the US had traumatized an independent nation whose traditions dated back centuries Journeying to the mainland for the first time, the young riders brought with them the pride of a people struggling to preserve their cultural identity and anxious about their future under the rule of overlords an ocean awayIn Cheyenne, the Hawaiians didn t just show their mastery of riding and roping, skills that white Americans thought they owned They also overturned simplistic thinking about the Wild West, cowboys versus Indians, and the very concept of cattle country Blending sport and history, while exploring questions of identity, imperialism, and race, Aloha Rodeo brings to light an overlooked and riveting chapter in the saga of the American WestIncludes maps andpages of black and white photos


10 thoughts on “Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World's Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West

  1. Barb in Maryland Barb in Maryland says:

    I loved this Mahalo nui loa to the authors for a fascinating book This one goes on the keeper shelf.The authors do a superb job in blending a brief history of the frontier days of the West with a history of Hawaii s relationship the British explorers and US empire builders The emphasis may have been on the cattle business, but all of the little extra observations a


  2. Jim Jim says:

    A fascinating history with some good pics in the HB edition It really gave me a feel for the times filled in a lot of trivia about the Wild West the Show, rodeos, general west Teddy Roosevelt, especially Hawaii s history Very readable in depth enough without bogging down Highly recommended A fascinating history with some good pics in the HB edition It really gave me


  3. Nan Lee Nan Lee says:

    Wow as a Texan let me say this is not my first rodeo, but by far it is my favorite I already knew about this history of the rodeo, cowboys, longhorn cows and horses in the contiguous United States but it never crossed my mind about longhorns arriving and thriving in Hawaii They are magnificent, beautiful animals with horns that can reach over ten feet from tip to tip


  4. Brandi Brandi says:

    An attractive book, it is extremely informative and educational I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the history of rodeo or Hawaii My copy was obtained from a Goodreads giveaway and I appreciate the opportunity to read review it An attractive book, it is extremely informative and educational I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in t


  5. LeeAnne LeeAnne says:

    A fascinating look at a subject I thought I had little to no interest in Reads like a novel Really well done.


  6. Debbie Bauler Debbie Bauler says:

    An interesting look at the history of cattle ranches in Hawaii, and 3 Hawaiian cowboys who dared to take on the cowboys at the Cheyenne Frontier Days.


  7. Taylor Zajonc Taylor Zajonc says:

    Wolman and Smith explore an inflection point in the story of the American west from a fascinatingly distinct perspective, I had a hard time categorizing this book Aloha Rodeo is a biography It s a sports story It s unexplored and unknown popular history It s about culture, the imperial era, the environment, and a story of the stories we tell ourselves, all captured from


  8. Steph Myers Steph Myers says:

    Spoiler at end of this.Mahalo I read a review and decided, This sounds like my dad When he was in the Navy in the 70s, we lived on Oahu near Bellows Beach Dad, being probably the most friendly person I have ever known, became close friends with all the locals pig hunts and all Anyhow, Hawaii has always had a soft spot So, I read it and suggested it to him He LOVED it I li


  9. Victoria Victoria says:

    I enjoy books that highlight the unknown pockets of history I had no idea about the cattle and ranch history on Hawaii They had a cowboy culture before the mainland did I also like stories about humble heroes who overcome the prejudice of their time Even though I m not particularly interested in rodeo this book still engaged me, probably because of the western history I ha


  10. Drew Drew says:

    Fascinating book especially as a follow up to Sarah Vowell s Unfamiliar Fishes Fascinating book especially as a follow up to Sarah Vowell s Unfamiliar Fishes


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