Things to Do in North Kohala – Visit a Working Ranch for a 4th of July Rodeo

The Big Island’s northernmost tip – North Kohala – is a lush, pastoral place. Here you’ll find rolling hills and meadows studded with grazing cattle and blanketed in velvety green. Cooling mists of rain are common here.

Ranch cattle grazing in Waimea, near North Kohala. Source: Steve Cadman, Flickr.

While North Kohala’s neighbor, South Kohala (a.k.a The Kohala Coast), boasts alluring luxury resorts and world-class golf, North Kohala bears the hallmarks of a rich agricultural past. Its paniolo (that’s Hawaiian cowboys), cattle, and rodeo tradition present a true slice of Old Hawaii.

North Kohala’s ranching history stretches back generations, when King Kamehameha I was gifted five longhorn cattle that quickly multiplied. Cattle wrangling became an important skill, honed by the Mexican vaqueros (horsemen) who came to the Island to teach riding and roping.

A paniolo on the Big Island.

Today, no North Kohala ranch is more recognizable than Parker Ranch – the Island’s first, which began with two acres and now occupies an astounding 225,000 acres of beautiful Hawaiian countryside.

A visit to Parker Ranch, where you can tour two of its historic homes and learn about its 160-year history, is one of the most popular things to do in North Kohala.

Wondering what to do for the 4th of July on the Big Island? 

Here’s one suggestion. Take a scenic drive into the fields of Waimea near North Kohala and visit Parker Ranch for its annual Parker Ranch July 4th Rodeo and Horse Races.

The Parker Ranch July 4th Rodeo. Source: B.G.Z. Olsen on Flickr.

This family-friendly event (admission is free for kids) features competitions like horse racing and Po‘o Wai U, a cattle wrangling method unique to Hawaii, developed generations ago by the Island’s paniolo.

The Rodeo begins at 9am on July 4th and continues through 12 noon. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids under age 12.

It’s for sure one of the most authentic and fun things to do in North Kohala on the 4th of July!

Call 885-7311 for more info, or visit the Parker Ranch website.

Looking For A Big Island Real Estate Expert? 

Every year, I find new and, fun things to do in North Kohala and characteristics to love about the Big Island.

I love living here, and I love to help others make the transition to living here, too. Let me, Annette Mejia, introduce you to the world of Big Island real estate!

Kohala Ranch on the North Kohala coast, for example, boasts some of North Kohala’s most breathtaking properties, with perks ranging from lush rolling hills where horses roam to panoramic views of the glassy Pacific Ocean.

I’d love to show you around some of North Kohala’s homes for sale!

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Annette Mejia, Realtor Broker
Annette Mejia, Realtor Broker

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