Waimea is a small town with every convenience available, without the bustle of a more highly populated area. With many restaurants, a large shopping center, a theater, numerous museums, art galleries, historical landmarks, boutiques, and local shops, there is no shortage of activities in this tranquil town. Waimea is also home to many yearly events such as the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, the Parker Ranch Fourth of July Rodeo, the Aloha Festivals Waimea Paniolo Parade, and the Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute.
Home to around 9,000 residents, Waimea differs from many of the Big Island neighborhoods in that it is located in central area of the South Kohala District. The community backs into the lush foothills above the Kohala coast. At a higher elevation, residents enjoy cool and clear air and a starry night sky. Waimea is home of many Hawaiian equestrians, with access to trail rides through the scenic landscape. A significant amount of the land in Waimea is owned by Hawaii’s largest cattle ranch, Parker Ranch. With great mountain views, many visitors and residents alike enjoy horseback riding, ATV tours, or stunning hikes. Although Waimea is relatively remotely located, a 45-minute drive will bring residents and visitors to either of the island’s airports or any of the numerous beachside hotel resorts.
Real estate in Waimea ranges from empty lots to build a dream home to single-family homes, to extraordinary ranch properties. Lots range in price from $200,000- $1,000,000 while homes can be found starting at $500,000 and upwards. With the more isolated area, the less developed land, the great views of rolling green hills, small town appeal, and a myriad of outdoor activities available, a home in Waimea can offer relaxation and privacy without sacrificing community.