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Waimea, also known as Kamuela, is one of the most exceptional destinations in the entire Hawaii Island. Home to approximately 9,000 residents, Waimea breaks from the traditional mold of Big Island communities due to its location on the interior of the island in the South Kohala District. At an elevation of approximately 2,600-feet, the community is nestled in the rolling green foothills above the Kohala Coast where the air is clear and crisp, a location perfect for pursuing equestrian interests by day and taking in the starry canopy at night. Waimea is also the home of Paniolo, or Hawaiian Cowboy. Here you will find endless access to horseback riding, cattle grazing on lush pastures, wildflowers growing on rolling hills and beautiful clear skies for your enjoyment.
Though Waimea is a small town, it has many of the modern amenities one would expect of a larger Hawaiian city. Boasting numerous restaurants, a large shopping center, theater, museums, art galleries, boutiques and shops, there is something for residents of all ages. In addition, the area is filled with historical destinations. Here you will find the historic, New England-style Imioloa Church. Built in 1857, the church holds a memorial dedicated to Lorenzo Llyons, the priest who translated English hymns into Hawaiian and Hawaiian songs into English.
Despite its tranquil and relatively isolated location within the Big Island and South Kohala District, Waimea is still just a 45-minute drive from many of the major beachside resorts, the Hilo International Airport, and the Kona International Airport. Residents and visitors alike will also find exceptional cultural and social events throughout the year including the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, the Parker Ranch Fourth of July Rodeo, the Aloha Festivals Waimea Paniolo Parade, and the annual Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute. Get in touch with Harold Clarke, Big Island real estate expert to learn more about the exciting Waimea area today. With years of experience and a deep knowledge of all things Big Island properties and homes, he will happily answer any questions you have and provide you with as much information as possible to make an informed decision.
Much of the land in Waimea is owned and operated by Parker Ranch, Hawaii’s largest cattle ranch. However, real estate opportunities throughout Waimea vary between neighborhoods, many of which boast incredible mountain views. Homes here can range from traditional single-family homes to large, elaborate ranch properties. In addition, there is also a selection of land available for those who wish to build from the ground up. Currently, lots range from the high $200,000’s to over $1000,000 depending on size and location, while homes can be found starting in the mid $500,000 and stretch upwards depending on a variety of factors.
Many say Waimea is the ideal location for those who enjoy the adventurous activities that the Big Island offers – whether it be horseback riding, exploring the terrain on ATV’s, or simply watching your cattle graze throughout lush, rolling pastureland. With beautiful locations, spellbinding sceneries and plenty more, Waimea is one of the finest places on the Island to escape the hustle and bustle.
If you’d like to learn more about Waimea or any of the neighboring communities including Waiki’i Ranch or Kohala Ranch, please do not hesitate to connect with local luxury real estate agent specialist, Harold Clarke. Please also feel free to use the MLS Search function of this website to browse the properties that are currently active in the market. Should you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour of the area; Harold is always just a phone call away. Connect today to get started!
Low 65º – High 89º
Avg. Monthly Rainfall
Jan – Apr (1 – 3 inches)
May – Sep (0.5 – 1 inches)
Oct – Dec (2 – 4 inches)
Mauna Kea Course
Mauna Kea Beach
Restaurant / Dining
The Fish & The Hog
Red Water Cafe
Waimea’s population is diverse and strong: farmers, ranchers, astronomers, educators, health professionals.
Waimea properties are privileged many landscape views including: