On Thursday April 29, 2010, Tūtū and Me East Hawai‘i went on a combined site huaka‘i to the Pu‘umoi Ranch in Papa‘ikou. The keiki of both our Ola‘a and Pahoa sites rode on a large school bus to the ranch where all keiki ages three years and older were invited to go horseback riding on the Pu’umoi Ranch. The children had an amazing experience of climbing onto, riding, and holding on tightly to their horse led by a parent or caregiver! All keiki under the age of three had the opportunity to feed and pet the goats, horses, and sheep at the petting zoo area nearby the stables. After the horse rides and petting & feeding the animals, the families had lunch together on the ranch lawn before our bus ride back to Tūtū and Me. The keiki, families, and team members were all very appreciative to the Lassiter’s for having us over for a fun and exciting day!
The owner, Mrs. Lassiter is a well known rancher whose horses are famous for being well trained and for their annual participation in the Merrie Monarch Parade. Each of her horses carries a Pa‘u Rider, Princess, or Queen representing one of the Hawaiian Islands. Mrs. Lassiter was also named this year’s “Pa‘u Queen” leading the other Pa‘u riders during this year’s Merrie Monarch Parade which took place on Saturday April 10, 2010 in Hilo on the Big Island.
The keiki have fun putting together our new floor puzzle of horses that extend and enhance the learning experiences at Pu‘umoi Ranch.