Destination guide

Discover Hawaiian cowboy culture in Waimea

The biggest city in the interior of the Island of Hawaii, Waimea is a polished gem nestled between volcanoes and cattle ranches. Set at the base of the volcano Kohala on the oldest part of the island, Waimea offers a mixture of culture and fascinating nature that make for a one-of-a-kind vacation. Also known by the name Kamuela, the city is the epicenter of Hawaiian cowboy culture. A Waimea vacation rental puts you just a short drive from pristine ocean beaches, waterfalls, and tropical rainforests. Come for the ocean waves and sunny beaches, and stay for the ranches and volcanoes.

Things to do

Only the biggest of thrills on the Big Island

You can't come to the Big Island and not spend some quality time exploring the trails and peering into the awe-inspiring craters of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Waipio Na'alapa Trail offers some of the best horseback riding on the island. A Waimea vacation rental also puts you near two ancient petroglyph fields. Snag some tasty local treats at the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company Visitor's Center or on a tour of one of the island's three Kona coffee farms. For a culture fix, take in a performance at the Kahilu Theatre or peruse the Hawaiian art at Isaacs Art Center.

Activities

Immerse yourself in the paniolo lifestyle

Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture permeates life in Waimea. The horseback riding is top-notch, and you can learn more about the culture at Parker, Anna, and Kahua Ranches. Between the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory, there's plenty of opportunity for stargazing. Helicopter tours provide an aerial view of the volcanoes, while ziplining gets you up close and personal with the rainforest canopies. Hike to black sand beaches, or get out in the water to snorkel and dive. Luaus and hula shows are a local staple, and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival and Fourth of July Rodeo shouldn't be missed.

Weather

It's a tale of two seasons: rainy and dry

There's little differentiation between summer and winter on the Big Island. Temperatures in Waimea tend to be slightly cooler than on the coasts, but highs are consistently in the 70s and 80s all year round. Lows may dip into the 50s and 60 at night. The biggest indication of the seasons is the rain – there's hardly any in the "winter" months of October to April, but plenty from May to September. Showers tend to very localized, though, so drive a short way and you'll likely find some sunshine. Hurricanes aren't uncommon between July and September.

Natural features

Otherworldly landscapes you have to see to believe

A Waimea vacation rental puts you in close proximity to so many different landscapes, you'll need some quality time to visit them all. Take your pick of black or white sand beaches, and soak up the views as you drive through the rolling green pastures of Hawaiian ranch land. Tucked in the verdant tropical rainforests you'll find glittering waterfalls, as well as plant and animal species you won't find anywhere else in the U.S. It's hard to say which of nature's displays is the most impressive – the fiery lava of the volcanoes, the frequent rainbows, or the jaw-dropping sunrises and sunsets over the ocean.

Where to stay around Waimea?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 435 vacation rentals near Waimea. From 194 Houses to 145 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Waimea for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Waimea?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Waimea:

  • Kona Palisades: 188 vacation rentals
  • Kulalani: 189 vacation rentals
  • Kohala Estates: 41 vacation rentals
  • Francolin Place: 96 vacation rentals
  • The Cape: 97 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Waimea?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Waimea. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kahilu Theatre: 1,451 vacation rentals
  • Anna Ranch Heritage Center: 1,452 vacation rentals
  • Hapuna Beach: 1,212 vacation rentals
  • Mauna Kea Beach: 1,161 vacation rentals
  • Waikola Village Golf Club: 717 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Waimea listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Waimea?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 194 Houses in Waimea. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Waimea include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 145 rentals available
  • Villas: 31 rentals available
  • Cottages: 22 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Waimea?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 276 vacation rentals with pool available in Waimea. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Explore destinations around Waimea

    Kailua Kona
    3,567 vacation rentals
    Hilo
    546 vacation rentals
    Puako
    1,429 vacation rentals
    Waikoloa Village
    1,442 vacation rentals
    Kamuela
    424 vacation rentals
    Kohala Coast
    1,477 vacation rentals
    Hawi
    240 vacation rentals
    Honokaa
    136 vacation rentals
    Kawaihae
    1,372 vacation rentals
    Kapaau
    140 vacation rentals
    Hakalau
    214 vacation rentals
    Laupāhoehoe
    67 vacation rentals
    Papaikou
    279 vacation rentals
    Ninole
    100 vacation rentals
    Paauilo
    35 vacation rentals
    Kalaoa
    2,207 vacation rentals
    Kukuihaele
    40 vacation rentals
    Mahukona
    100 vacation rentals
    Halaula
    70 vacation rentals
    Makapala
    58 vacation rentals