Nomination Criteria

2022 Nominations are now open

The purpose of the Paniolo Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals for their part in perpetuating the ranching industry in Hawaii, and for their unique contributions to our Paniolo culture and heritage.

Nominees must be 55 years of age or older. (Please note: At this time, preference is being given to the older generation – those who are now in their 70’s and 80’s. Also, deceased persons may be nominated.)

Must qualify for at least one of the following categories:

  • Founder: Someone who established and/or maintained a cattle ranching operation in Hawaii that contributed to perpetuating the ranchingindustry and paniolo culture.
  • Ranch Manager: Someone who has managed the livestock, business and personnel aspects of a cattle ranching operation in Hawaii.
  • Ranch Hand: Someone who was or is a working paniolo, wrangler, livestock handler or all around hand on a Hawaii cattle ranch.

There are many nominations and few openings, so please provide the committee with detailed and factual information about your nominee so that he/she can be considered.

NOMINATORS: You will be responsible for helping the selection committee to contact nominees (if living) or their families (if deceased) and for helping the committee to obtain information about and photographs of your nominee. Nominees (if living) and/or their families (if deceased) as well as Nominators should also be prepared to travel to the induction ceremony on the Big Island next year. Please note that we will not be automatically carrying-forward anyone nominated but not accepted in a prior year. You will need to submit a new nomination if you would like your nominee to be considered for 2022. 

Due to COVID, the PHOF has decided to postpone the 2021 induction to November 2022.  Nominations are now open with a new deadline through Dec 31, 2021.  Any nominations already received will be kept for consideration in early 2022.