Waimea

Overview

Introduction

This town near the northern end of the Big Island, 55 mi/90 km northwest of Hilo, goes by two names: Waimea and Kamuela. The town uses the name Kamuela for its postal address to avoid confusion with another town, also called Waimea, on Kauai Island.

If you're interested in Hawaiian cowboy (paniolo) lore, check out the Parker Ranch.

On the eastern edge of town you'll find "Church Row," a cluster of New England-style churches that includes the cream-colored Imiola Congregational Church. Take a peek inside and admire its distinctive interior (built entirely of wood from the native koa trees). The town also has a surprising number of excellent restaurants, which attract attention among visitors and food critics alike.

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