Oil on canvas Original size 24" x
In the early 1900's Cattle was
brought to mainland markets by ship.
The Big Island didn't have deep water facilities for docking ships and loading
cattle. The only way to get the cattle to the waiting ships was to swim the
cattle. The Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) would lead a steer through the surf where
horse and rider would swim the steer to a waiting longboat just off shore. 10 to
12 head of cattle would be tied along the sides of the longboat then rowed to
the main ship where they were hoisted aboard by slings.
"Surprise Wave" depicts a Paniolo who may have been distracted while dealing
with a stubborn steer who really didn't want to go through the surf. The outcome
was never in doubt though. All concerned eventually made it through safely.
Double Matted Print 11"x14" image size
Framed print with double mat & glass ready to hang