It’s a great day to be a paniolo

Longtime Maui cowboys Peter Baldwin (left, first photo) and Freddy Rice converse before competing against each other in Century Team Roping on Thursday.

Second photo: Young Hana paniolo Boboy Hoopai-Kaiwi, 3, practices his roping technique at Oskie Rice Arena while waiting to watch his dad, Kapena Kaiwi, compete in Thursday’s preliminary rounds, or “slack,” of the 62nd Makawao Rodeo in Olinda. The slack is scheduled to continue at 9 a.m. today with a break before the start of the Bull Bash at 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s rodeo events start at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s at 12:30 p.m.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos