About Waimea (Kamuela)
These are the almost impossibly beautiful saddle lands that run from the thick rain forests of the ancient Kohala Mountains across miles and miles of sun spangled pastures that soar up to the great crowning slopes of Mauna Kea. Millions of snapshots and thousands of paintings have sought to capture the impossible beauty of Waimea, where beautiful English cattle graze slowly through emerald pastures, raising their heads as the cloud shadows raise across the land, dragging skirts of rainbows behind them. The village of Waimea is the vital center of the Kohala coast, Waikoloa and the charming string of plantation towns that welcome travelers to Hilo. Waimea is cattle country and home to the historic Parker Ranch. It was in Waimea that Hawaiian cowboys rode after wild bullock 50 years before the opening of the American West.
There are restaurants, theaters, art galleries, private and public schools in Waimea, as well as world famous astronomical facilities and fabulous truck farms that bring Hawaii’s best produce to our tables. Waimea’s crown jewel, however, is the North Hawaii Community Hospital, operated by the famous Queens hospital system. This is a stunning facility where each room opens to a garden, where healing breezes stir flowers and shrubs in the rich mountain sunlight.