Ikua Purdy was born in Mana, Kauai, Hawai'i. He won many island championships and was the popular king of paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys).
In 1908, Purdy became the only Hawaiian cowboy to win a Cheyenne championship. His time for the roping and steer-tying championship was 1 minute, 6 seconds on a rainy day.
He moved to Maui in 1920 and for 23 years was the ranch foreman for Ulupalakua Ranch.
In 1999, Purdy was inducted into the Natioanl Cowboy Museum, Rodeo Hall of Fame.
The Food and Drug Act and Meat Inspection Act both passed on June 30, 1906.