Kamuela Country Living

View of Waimea from Kohala Mountain Road

We recently listed a home in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii (also known to most of us local residents as ‘Kamuela’), and were reminded of all the wonderful treasures found in this quaint Island town. Drive about 40 miles North, North East from Kona, heading towards Hamakua, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush green pasture land- herds of cattle grazing, much cooler weather, with 360 degree views of Kohala Mountain, Mauna Kea, and Hualalai. There truly is no other place like it and because we’re in Waimea more often, we don’t mind indulging in the country life one bit. We’re sharing some of our favorite places and information on what makes this place such a unique gem on the Big Island.


1) The Best Farmer’s Markets  

On any given Saturday, get some reusable bags ready and head into town early for some of the most freshest produce and food products found on the island. From fruits, vegetables, bread, honey, jams and crafts, there is strong community support for local farmers and artisans.Tip: Check out Waimea Town Market at Parker School and Waimea Homestead Farmer's Market. On Tuesdays, head to Kekela Farms from 2-5pm.


2) Kahilu Theatre

This 490-seat theater was a legacy left by the late Richard Smart, who wanted to share and advance his love for the arts. Today, it serves as our island hub “where community, creativity and inspiration thrive.” Here is a list of upcoming events to see both local and international artists perform.


3) Top Ranking Private Schools in the State

According to niche.com, a company which takes into account key factors such as experiences, reviews, test scores, SAT/ACT scores in assessing private schools, they ranked two schools located in Waimea at #3 (Hawaii Preparatory Academy) and #4 (Parker School) out of almost 30 in the State. 


4) Fun Community Events

We love the diversity of events as well as the Paniolo traditions deeply rooted here in Waimea. Three annual events that stand out are the Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival held in February, the Parker Ranch 4th of July Rodeo, and the Waimea Christmas Parade in December. Other notable mentions include a Ho’olaulea held in September and the Kohala Pumpkin Patch in October.


5) Adventures Off the Beaten Path 

Some locals will share with you some of their favorite spots for adventures. They might mention a walk down through Mud Lane, bike riding ventures through Mana Road or this amazing spot.


6) Tutu’s House 

In Hawaiian Tradition, your Tutu (Granparents or wise, elderly person) was a person you could go to for wisdom or healing. Tutu’s House, located in Waimea, combines various services from physicians/health care professionals and community organizations, who offers a wide variety of educational resources that support people in their health and wellness journey. Visit their site to learn more about their programs.


7) Great Restaurants

With the freshest ingredients grown right in Waimea or sourced locally on island, it’s no surprise that Waimea has some of the best restaurants. Try: Village Burger, Lilikoi Cafe, Hawaiian Style Cafe, Merriman’s Restaurant or Red Water Cafe. For dessert, stop by Tropical Dreams in Lalamilo Farms for a pint of the most deliciously crafted ice-cream.


8) Feels like Fall…

Although people say there are no seasons in Hawaii, we beg to differ. Waimea goes through some of those seasonal changes we miss experiencing on the Mainland, especially during the Spring and Fall months. We will make the trek to see the blooming jacarandas or cherry blossom trees. We have an excuse to wear boots and sweaters here in Hawaii and every once in awhile, we get to observe a snow capped Mauna Kea or Mauna Loa.


More About Carlson Team Hawaii:

As one of Hawaii's premiere Real Estate Teams, Kurt and Kirsten Carlson bring their enthusiasm for Island Life and a strong knowledge of Kona and Waimea's Real Estate market. Visit them at CarlsonTeam.com.