About WaimeaWaimea, also called Kamuela to distinguish it from the town of Waimea on Kaua‘i, is on the Waimea Plateau. The surrounding region is primarily ranching country.
Two scenic roads lead northwest to Hāwī. SR 270 skirts the coast; SR 250 winds through the Kohala Mountains.
Six miles south, Saddle Road (SR 200) leaves the Māmalahoa Highway and traverses the high pass between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. The road has sharp curves and occasional heavy fog, so check conditions locally before starting out.
Guests can dance the hula and sample the traditional foods of the islands at the Mauna Kea Hawaiian Lū‘au at Mauna Kea Resort 's Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on Tuesday and Friday evenings; phone (808) 882-5707.
In February the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival imbues the island with the heritage of Japan. Celebrants come together for a heritage fair, pageant and coronation ball, as well as demonstrations of the tea ceremony and the Japanese art of flower arranging.
Visitor Centers Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau: West Hawai‘i Office 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr. Suite 109B Kohala Coast, HI 96743. Phone:(808)885-1655 or (800)648-2441
Things to Do Anna Ranch Heritage Center
Horseback Riding Na‘alapa Stables
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