Just a little ways inland from the Kohala Coast and it will feel like you have stepped back in time to the good old Western days. This is Hawaiian cowboy country filled with green pastures, rolling hills, and thousands of cattle dotting the hillside. Welcome to Waimea. This small Census designated village toward the north end of the big Island is nestled at the base of Kohala and the Pu’u O Umi Natural Area Reserve. Home to the Hawaiian Cowboys, Waimea is the center for ranching activities and paniolo culture (The Hawaiian cowboy). Waimea is home to Parker Ranch, the largest privately-owned cattle ranch in the US and home to the headquarters of two astronomical observatories, the WM Keck Observatory and the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope as well as the International Lunar Observatory Association.
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For those looking to have the best of both worlds, Waimea provides that gorgeous Hawaiian hillside view coupled with a more down to earth, small town feel. There are plenty of things to do and see throughout Waimea as well as multiple annual festivals including the Fourth of July Rodeo, the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, and the home to several stables, galleries, art centers, and museums.
In town you’ll find grocery stores, restaurants, farmers markets, and some of the best malasada donuts on the island. Just outside of town you’ll find multiple hiking and horseback riding options, beautiful white sand beaches and whale watching just a few minutes away, and some of the best breweries and Mexican food on the island.
Waimea is also the jumping off point to several other wildly popular locations on the island such as Waipi’o Valley with its lush, dense wilderness interspersed with tyro fields and gorgeous black sand beaches. It’s also an access point to Pololu Valley, one of the North most impressive valleys carved into the Kohala Volcano with lush green pastures and spectacular views jetting off the steep cliffs that end in the ocean.
Because this is a little ways off the beaten path, there’s a wide range of properties and home styles to choose from. Whether you’re looking to start or run a ranch yourself or a single-family home or small townhouse right in town, Waimea provides options for every buyer in several price points.
Home prices start at about $350,000 up to $1.8 million in town, ranches, and lots vary depending on the acreage and amenities. For more information browse available listings below or simply contact me 808-217-8500 at any time to schedule a showing or for a tour of this gorgeous part of the island.