Being that Hawaii is in the middle of the Pacific, people usually think that Hawaiian traditions are only water-related like fishing and surfing. But one of Hawaii’s most cherished traditions, far from any beach, is horseback riding. Take a trip from your South Maui vacation rental and wander up the gentle slopes of Haleakala to what the locals refer to as “upcountry.” Explore the countryside and discover the true paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) in you with Piiholo Ranch.

Located in Makawao, Piiholo Ranch is proudly owned and operated by Peter Baldwin and his family. Peter is the 5th generation descendant of Dwight Baldwin, who came to Maui as a missionary in the 1830’s. Since Dwight’s arrival, members of the Baldwin family cultivated the love and passion for horseback riding that has led to the creation of Peter Baldwin’s Piiholo Ranch.

Offering unique sights of Upcountry Maui, Piiholo Ranch sits just along the edge of the Makawao forest, 2000 feet above the ocean. With horseback riding lessons available for both children and adults, the whole family can join in on the fun! An experienced rider? Well wander private pasture lands on their guided tour rides! Short two-hour rides are available but the popular three-hour rides allow guests to explore 800 acres of ranch land and enjoy a nice peaceful lunch at a private cabin. If you truly want the full paniolo experience, you can be a cowboy for a day and learn how to round up cattle as well as take part in a few of Maui’s cowboy traditions! With every ride, you are promised a knowledgeable and trusted guide with beautiful views of life on the ranch as an added bonus.

If a horseback view of the island is not enough for you, Piiholo Ranch offers a private helicopter ride that takes you from Kahului Heliport to Hana town before landing at the Baldwin’s cabin to continue your adventure on horseback. For those with an extra sense of adventure, spanning over half a mile long is the Piiholo Zipline. Crossing over the ranch land filled with trees and greenery, this zipline quickly highlights picturesque views of the mountain and sea.

A stay in a North Kihei villa rental provides easy access to all Maui adventures, even horseback riding. Don’t be afraid to find your inner paniolo, contact Piiholo Ranch to make your reservation and discover the island country side. Take part in a long time Maui tradition for adventure and enjoy the natural sights that the Valley Isle has to offer!