Our Town Waimea

The town of Waimea, also called Kamuela for a postal designation, is found at the heart of the Big Island in the verdant green upcountry ranch lands between the slopes of majestic snowcapped Mauna Kea and the windswept Kohala Mountains.

At about 2,500 foot elevation, we often say that Waimea is about 20 minutes from Hawaii – because just 20 minutes away from this cool, green mountain village are beautiful, hot white sand beaches.

Waimea-Kamuela-Hawaii.Waimea is traditionally known as being the home of Parker Ranch with its rich paniolo heritage. Only in Hawaii will you find cowboys wearing hats covered with beautiful leis and only in Waimea will they be made of bright pink or orange akulikuli or purple pansies. With a backdrop of cattle and horses, Waimea is also endowed with fertile farmlands and is known for its abundant produce and flowers, which are shared weekly at local farmer’s markets. The first weekend of each month, the Farmer’s Market is expanded and offers local foods, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts.

The town has also become a destination for fine restaurants, interesting boutiques and art galleries not found anywhere else in the islands. February brings a profusion of Cherry Blossoms and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival with traditional Bon Dancing and mochi making in celebration of the town’s Japanese heritage.

In April and May you will find a profusion of bright purple and lilac with the Jacarandas, agapanthas and Yesterday and Today and Tomorrow bushes in full bloom. It is a colorful town, both in its breathtaking scenery and in its local characters with its unique blending of people from farmers and cowboys to astronomers.

To learn more about “Our Town Waimea”. www.kamuela.com & www.waimeaplan.org.