Located inland at an elevation of close to 3000 feet and about 30 minutes from Kohala, sits the town of Kamuela. Officially known as Waimea, the town got its second name to avoid confusion with the two other Waimeas in Hawaii. Aside from the beauty of the area’s rolling green hills and incredible fauna, the first thing most visitors notice, is Waimea’s stark contrast to other Big Island communities. This is Hawaii’s cowboy country and is primarily made up of farms, ranches, and some beautiful Kamuela luxury vacation rental properties.
Things to Do
Given its spectacular landscape, hiking is favorite pastime of visitors to the area. Outdoor lovers staying at our Kamuela luxury vacation rentals will often make their way to the beautiful Waipi’o Valley. One mile across and five miles deep, this lush verdant valley boasts 2000 foot high cliffs and is home to Hiilawe Falls. At more than 1300 feet, this is Hawaii’s tallest waterfall. Waipi’o is also called the Valley of the Kings as the area was home to Hawaii’s chiefs and royalty. The Parker ranch was once the largest in the country and it still occupies much of Waimea. Guided horseback tours of the ranch are offered which provide curious tourists with an educational look at the lives of Hawaii’s Paniolos (cowboys), and a detailed account of ranching’s history on the island. The Evening at Kauha Ranch is the Paniolo equivalent of a lua. With BBQ, drinks, and a lesson in the areas rich history, this is an experience unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else in Hawaii. The Farmers Markets in Kamuela are some of the best, and you’ll find several happening throughout the week. Just west of Waimea / Kamuela is the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. Here you’ll find more than 1000 ancient carvings of turtles, canoes and people etched in to lava rock by some of Hawaii’s earliest settlers. If you enjoy the arts, Kahilu Theater is the area’s performing arts center with a full calendar of performances featuring both local and national talent. The resorts in Kohala are about 30 minutes away and here you’ll enjoy championship level golf, world class shopping and some of the leeward side’s best beaches. With the beach comes water activities and paddle boarding, body surfing, snorkeling and boogie boarding are some of the most popular.
Guests staying in our Kamuela luxury vacation rentals will need to drive to one of Kohala’s northwestern beaches to enjoy the sand and surf. Spencer beach is the most popular thanks to its excellent swimming conditions, full facilities and a lifeguard on-duty during peak hours. There is a large off-shore reef here which keeps the water calm making it good for snorkeling, less experienced swimmers, and families with small children. Mauna Kea is another excellent choice on the northwest shore with white sand and clear waters.
Restaurants and Dining
No one does farm-to-table quite the way that Waimea does so guests at our Kamuela vacation rentals will enjoy some of the best food on the island. Merriman’s Restaurant is a great option for delicious regional cuisine. Village Burger serves up phenomenal gourmet burgers made from local grass-fed beef. The Red Water cafe is another fabulous option offering Hawaii regional and Asian inspired cuisine, and breakfast at the Farmer’s Market can’t be beat! For more casual faire and handcrafted beer, visit the Big Island Brewhaus.
The Waimea Shopping center at the Parker Ranch has a collection of restaurants, boutiques and gift shops. Luxury shoppers staying in our Kamuela vacation rental properties will want to head over to the Shops at Waikoloa Village. Stores like Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Coach and many others have storefronts here at the Village. The Kona International Market in Kailua-Kona is an outdoor shopping center with boutique stores, unique gifts and locally made art, jewellery and other craft items.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
There are 8 different climate zones on the Big Island and our luxury vacation rentals in Kamuela are located in an area which tends to be cooler than some of the others on the island, with more rain as well. At an elevation of nearly 3000 feet Kamuela’s temperature can dip to the mid 60’s in January and reach as high as 85 F in the summer. Being inland means you’ll need to travel to beaches, but the ocean water can fluctuate between 75 F and 82 F making it a worthwhile trip. The ocean conditions in Hawaii are influenced by the weather and can change from day-to-day. Because the waters can be dangerous; especially during high surf, it’s important to exercise caution and always read the warning signs posted on our beaches as these are here for your safety.
Our luxury vacation rental properties in Kamuela are located in the midst of cowboy country so you’ll need a rental car in order to get around, especially if you want to head to one of coastal beaches.
Our vacation rental properties in Kamuela provide our guests with top-tier luxury accommodations in one of Hawaii’s most unique communities. Kamuela / Waimea is a stunning ranch area which invites guests to truly connect with nature. The five-star amenities of the resorts on the Kohala Coast are within driving distance which allows you to change the pace of your vacation at your leisure. We provide our guests with unparalleled customer service and Hawaii’s best luxury accommodations. Please Contact us to inquire about our luxury vacation rental properties in Kamuela and surrounding communities.