Jimmy Duvauchelle

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James (Jimmy) Duvauchelle is a 4th generation paniolo of Moloka‘i Ranch. He was born in Kalama‘ula, Moloka‘i, and raised in Ho‘olehua. His great grandfather was a Moloka‘i paniolo in the late 1800’s. Jimmy raised his children on the ranch and his children raised their children and so on. In 1973, he became pipi luna (foreman) for Moloka‘i Ranch and then later manager. He was inducted into the Paniolo Hall of Fame in 2000, and then chosen to represent Hawai‘i’s cowboys in the national finals rodeo Las Vegas. In the old days, Uncle Jimmy would be ranching cattle, training horses, and building fences, but there was more than that to being a paniolo. It’s also about sportsmanship, helping the community, and having an intimate connection with the ‘āina. In 2008, Moloka‘i Ranch gave Uncle Jimmy an opportunity to buy the cattle and lease about 3000 acres of pasture land, which is now under Pohakuloa Ranch. He returned the land better than when they first got it. His children are now following in his footsteps as 5th and 6th generation paniolo. Since being retired, Uncle Jimmy is still helping the community by opening up their home to abused Moloka‘i youth as the island’s only emergency shelter with Child Protective Services.

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