Parker Ranch Visitor Center, Big Island
Founded in 1847 as a genuine working cattle ranch, Parker Ranch continues to prosper to this day. The ranch is one of the largest of its kind across the entire United States, with more than 30,000 cattle over thousands of acres of land. However, these days the business begun by John Palmer Parker, also includes estate holding, commercial leasing, and of course, visitor attractions.
Visitors to Parker Ranch can tour the two historic homes, Puuopelu and Mana Hale. The homes tell the Parker family's story through historic heirlooms and works of art. Mana Hale is a two-story koa wood house, built by John Palmer Parker. It features small rooms, a narrow staircase and low ceilings. The more elaborate Puuopelu, a "Hawaiian Victorian" manor house, was the family home through sixth generation hier Richard Smart, who decorated the home with an extensive art collection and antiques from world travels.
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