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A slice of paradise not often seen by tourists.

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Waimea Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3

Come stay on the Rocking chair ranch, home of the the bridle suite and share in the Paniolo lifestyle. Walk downstairs in the morning with your coffee and say hello to the horses and Tequila the donkey. From your living room table you can look down on the cowboys all day in their daily activities of training, roping, cutting or dressage. .

You are only 5 miles from the best restaurants on the Big Island but you wake up every morning to green pastures and trees, not a house in sight! Recently built the Bridle Suite contains artwork and artifacts from Hawaii and it's cowboys. The ranch consist of 73 acres to hike, picnic and walk.

Were just 15 miles up from the white sand beaches of Maumai, Hapuna, Puako and Mauna Kea.

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Brian Anderson
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Brian Anderson

We were both born and raised in Hawaii. Brought up around horses and cattle and still actively rope and ride daily.Joan's dad was the manager of the Parker Ranch for many years and she has seen

Brian Anderson purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Brian Anderson chose Kohala Coast

You come to Hawaii to enjoy nature and the peace and quiet it offers. We are up country where nights are cool and the beaches are just minutes away. The best of both worlds.

What makes this apartment unique

Hawaii's largest equestrian center.


based on 14 traveler reviews

A slice of paradise not often seen by tourists.
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews
Fairbanks, Alaska

Clean, great location and view, great price

  • 5 of 5

It is on a working ranch so there is some noise and people around but it is very tolerable. feedings in early am are a bit loud but you get used to it (right below room). Room very warm at night, cold in am but they provide plenty of blankets. Open the one window at night to get a lil airflow. Everyone on ranch was friendly and helpful. My daughter loved the animals and constant coming and going of new horses to see in arena (room overlooks the arena so great morning/evening entertainment!). They provide some beach supplies. Basic cooking supplies/hot plate/microwave. No BBQ grill which was a bummer. Note: no freezer but ample fridge space. Washer/dryer is available for use which was so great! Loved the small but efficient place. Location just outside Waimea was great - 20 or so mins to hapuna beach, great breakfasts at paniolos resturaunt right in town before heading to beach. Great deal overall! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

Rocking Chair Ranch was exactly as advertised.

We had a wonderful stay and felt like we were at home. Cozy, comfortable, & clean. The location is superb with nature and ranch land in all directions, but only a few minutes from town.

We will definitely be back!

Listening to the horse and pettin them was another highlight; they are such wonderful animals.

This really is perfect for those who like the ranch style, & want comfort.

Also, Brian was very attentive and responsive to all contact I had with him, from before booking to the moment we sadly had to leave Big Island. Very thorough.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, friendly feel, and you get to stay on a ranch!

  • 5 of 5

Our experience staying at the Rocking Chair Ranch was great. Everyone on the ranch is very nice and welcoming, including Brian. The Bridle Suite was perfect. Everything was clean and we loved the decor. It was also cool being able to look into the arena from the kitchen area. The location was perfect. It's about 5 miles from Waimea and pretty close to Waipio Valley. If the sky is clear, you'll get an awesome view of the stars. We could also see Mauna Kea, including the observatories, from the ranch. We would stay here again, and recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A unique place to stay if you love horses.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this very modest little room above the stables. It's not fancy but it was clean and cozy. No horses to ride there, but we found the Dahana stables only a couple of miles away and had a great hour and a half ride there. Very good restaurants are only five minutes away too.

The stable manager Terry was very accommodating and helpful and a great guy to visit with.

If you love being around horses, and centrally located on the north island, this a unique place to stay for a few nights.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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  • 5 of 5

It was a good experience to stay at brians cowboy styled room! It was all like in the description and the room and bathroom was very clean. In the kitchen was everything we needed to cook. We had good 3 nights at this special accomodation! Best greets from germany!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Kaneohe HI

Rocking Chair Ranch

  • 5 of 5


My wife and I live on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kau and take many "staycations" on this island as well as the neighboring islands. We were home maybe thirty minutes before we were discussing our next stay at the Rocking Chair Ranch, in fact we had already extended our initial stay by an extra day and in doing so Brian pretty much finished my sentence for me and within 10 seconds an agreement was reached. Brian and Joan were there to greet us and an Aloha/Howdy "there it is", and well, we were checked in. We wanted for nothing while we were there, the apartment is decorated in true "paniolo" spirit and overlooked the horses and highland sky from the picture windows in the bedroom and living area, and from the dinning area you have an up close and personal view of the stables and arena style riding and training area. There are several siting and hanging out areas including a fire pit that are also done in excellent cowboy style. As for the sites and activities in the area you will be just a short drive from the coast and some of the most beautiful beaches that Hawaii has to offer, horse back riding, the Camp Tarawa training camp memorial, Parker Ranch (famous for many reasons), Waipio Vally, the observatories on Mauna Kea, on and on. If I have not convinced you yet, let me tell you that I grew up traveling with my grandparents and later on my own and now with my own family, that with the fact the Marine Corps sent to to many places throughout my career, the only continent that I have not been to is Antarctica and I am pretty sure the list of countries I have not been to is smaller than the ones that I have visited, I have never written a review until now. Great location, affordable, and superior hospitality. I hope my comments help you in your planning. Aloha and E komo mai!


  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Kamuela, HI
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Red Water
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Kohala Coast
Nearest Motorway
Hawaii Belt Road
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Miles

The Bridle Suite is located above the covered arena where daily we train horses, and ride. Frequent activities are cutting, dressage and roping.


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Tax Rate 13.28%

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Waimea Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • shower and vanity
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • bed and TV
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • swimming

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