Noel Tancayo is from the island of Molokai where she was basically raised in the saddle. Learning from many talented Paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys, she traveled between islands to compete. “Riding has been my passion since I can remember. I’m not as competitive as I use to be, I’m just happy to be on the horses that I love and allowing them to do what they love aswell,” said Noel.

As Miss Rodeo Hawaii 2022 she is excited to share more of the Hawaiian culture and Paniolo Heritage to others across the US. She proudly represents the Hawaiian rodeo heritage and considers it a blessing and honor. Noel enjoys raising awareness to those who may not even know there are even cowboys here in Hawaii. Being able to share our heritage with other states brings a smile to my face!

When Noel is not on the horse, she is working for the United States Department of Agriculture USDA) as a Biological Science Technician in the Wildlife service department on the island of Kauai. She also has a part time job as veterinarian assistant for O’ahu Equine Veterinary Clinic  (OEVC).