Waimea, Hawaii County, HI, USA

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Waimea, Hawaii County, HI, USA

Waimea vacation rentals

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.