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Explore Hawai’i’s magnificent countryside in the rolling fields of Waimea. This inland town and wider region are home to paniolos, Hawai’’s famous cowboys. Its lush rural landscape is filled with cattle ranches, herds of horses and fascinating frontier history. Discover Waimea’s ranching heritage, stunning mountain views and green scenery on a horseback or ATV tour or simply enjoy some fine Hawai’ian fresh produce at one of the town’s restaurants.
Discover how Waimea’s paniolo and ranching culture began with an informative tour through Parker Ranch, a famous Hawai’ian landmark and one of the largest ranching estates in the United States. Paniolo heritage began with the arrival of Spanish vaqueros (cowboys), who brought their herding and ranching traditions to Hawai’i in the late 19th century. The word “paniolo” is supposedly derived from a Hawai’ian interpretation of the Spanish word “español.” Visit Kahua Ranch to experience how a working cattle and sheep ranch operates. Visit Waimea on July 4 to see the town come to life for the annual rodeo.
Enjoy an evening of culture and fine dining in Waimea town. Try delicious traditional Hawai’ian cuisine before checking out the Kahilu Theater to watch music and dance performances in this state-of-the-art venue.
Find a range of exciting destinations just outside of Waimea along the scenic Kohala Mountain Road. Head north from the town to Hawi, a pretty town filled with art galleries and Kona coffee shops. This town is also near the home of the original King Kamehameha I Statue in Kepaau. Continue east to find the magnificent Pololu Valley Lookout, a breathtaking vista featuring the lushly forested Pololu Valley and the rugged northeastern Kohala coastline.
Make Waimea a laidback and historical detour on your road trip through North Kohala. This region has enjoyable weather conditions for most of the year and offers respite break from resort-style beach tourism. Reach Waimea via car or fly in to Waimea-Kohala Airport.
Accommodation in Waimea
When it comes to booking a hotel in Waimea itself, you may find that the list of available options is not extensive.
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waimea Park and Parker Ranch Center. Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and Hiilawe Waterfall are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated by the ocean, this property is close to Waimea Park and Parker Ranch Center. Area attractions also include Kohala.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is in Waikoloa on the Kohala Coast, a 5-minute drive from Puako Petroglyph Park and 15 minutes from the ruined ancient Hawaiian temple at Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site. The Shops at Mauna Lani mall is a 2-minute shuttle ride from the hotel.
This beachfront resort is located in Waikoloa, close to Dolphin Quest, Anaehoomalu Beach, and Seaside Putting Course. Also nearby are Genesis Gallery and Kings Shops.
Part of the 1,839-acre Mauna Kea Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island, Hapuna Beach Resort is flanked by 2 golf courses and is a 20-minute drive from Waimea.
Located 7 miles inland on the spectacular Kohala Coast, this resort is adjacent to Waikoloa Village Golf Course and shopping, and offers easy access to the Big Island's northern ranch highlands.
This family-friendly Waikoloa hotel is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Waikoloa Kings Golf Course and Waikoloa Beach Golf Course. Kings Shops and Anaehoomalu Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).
An architectural trend-setter on the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel features golf, gardens, and 1,600 Pacific and Asian artworks; Waimea is 13 miles away, and Hawi is 21 miles away.