An Unusual Breed

I have often noted how much many of the boulders around Waikoloa look like animals. There is one rock along the upper road that looks precisely like a cow when seen from the side at any distance. Just a natural remnant of these old Mauna Kea lava flows.

It is no surprise that most folks have the same observation, some of these rocks just look like cattle, all they need is horns?

A serious laugh-out-loud, try not to drive off the road, moment when I first saw them. Someone had indeed added some horns to the rocks. Not little horns either, but big Texas longhorn style horns. Halfway from Waikoloa Village to the Mamalahoa Highway, you can see a herd of a truly unusual breed. Perhaps the rare Waikoloa Basalt Angus?

Closer examination of the horns reveals that they are well made. Heat worked PVC pipe for the horns, tightly wrapped with rope and painted at the center. The horns are held on with heavy cable neatly crimped around the boulders.

Another surprise, the artists have signed their work, the names Ed Vasquez and Bill Bezona melted into the plastic. We have seen Ed’s art before, birds and other odd creatures appearing along local roads. We had seen nothing for a while, this is the first installation I have seen in about a year.

Nice job guys! A little fun along my morning commute.

Waikoloa Basalt Angus
A unique breed, the Waikoloa Basalt Angus at pasture, an artwork by Ed Vasquez and Bill Bezona

Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i.

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  1. Back in the early 90’s I would point out distant bolders to visitors as we drove up the Waikoloa road in the early morning and ask them if they wanted to wait and watch the sun unfreeze the cattle. I had a couple of favorites with lumps that made it seem that the process had already begun.

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