A nearby free-standing plaque commemorates the history of the Hawaiian Cowboy. Rock Star Masonry, Inc. is honored to have built the hua (foundation) of this historical landmark from rocks sourced locally from the ranch.
As shown in the photo above, the true-to-life statue makes it look as if Ikua Purdy were galloping down Hoku'ula (aka Buster Brown). Set into the rocks beneath the statue are the brands of local ranching families.
The Big Island of Hawaii has enjoyed a long and rich ranching history since the early 1800's, when Parker Ranch was established on the slopes of Kohala Mountain. In 2003 the Paniolo Preservation Society erected a statue in downtown Waimea of National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame member Ikua Purdy roping a bull.
We take pride in our community
and enjoy creating 'Works of Art' that enhance the Island's natural beauty.
ROCK STAR MASONRY, INC.
In 1943 the Big Island was host to the largest Marine training facility in the Pacific and the community came together to help the 2nd and 5th Marine Divisions and the V Amphibious Corps prepare for some of the most significant battles of WWII. Women and girls joined the USO dancers, took in laundry and invited the sailors and leathernecks home for a meal with their families. Locals and Marines joined forces against outsiders in boxing matches and ball games and entrepreneurs from all over the island set up food stands to serve their visitors. Even the mountains in Waimea were put to service! The 5th Marine Division stationed at Camp Tarawa climbed Pu'u Ula'ula and Hoku'ula (Buster Brown) daily to prepare for Mt. Suribachi and the battle of Iwo Jima. Retired Marine sergeant and Viet Nam War veteran Rex Weigle succinctly stated that "thousands of American boys trained here...for some of them, this was their last home on American soil. It is imperative that we remember them." Rock Star's masons consider it a privilege to be entrusted with honoring their memory on this monument near Mamalahoa Highway. For more history on Camp Tarawa, please visit the Waimea Gazette.