HAWAII — Waimea

Waimea which is also referred to as Kamuela, the Hawaiian spelling of Samuel and named after the owner of the famous Parker Ranch found here, is an area that is full of rolling pastureland that was once cowboy country.

The sights found here are:
Parker Ranch
Church Row
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge

Parker Ranch

Parker Ranch
This ranch was founded in 1847 and is one of the oldest in the USA as well as being one of the largest in Hawaii. In 1992 the ranch was left in trust to benefit the Waimea community. Today you can visit the ranch to learn more about its history and culture as well as enjoying many activities including horseback riding tours. There are also two houses you can visit to give you an idea of how wealthy landowners lived in the 19th century. They are found just south of the intersection of highways 190 and 19. Pu´uopelu is a grand manor showcasing the extensive art collection of the last Parker Ranch owner, Richard Smart. The other home, Mana Hale is found next door. It is rather more modest being a re-creation of the original home built by John Parker and it contains period furnishings and old photos.
For information about the ranch visit the website at: http://parkerranch.com

Church Row

Church Row
Church Row contains churches of all denominations but the most well known one is the Imiola Congregational Church which was built in 1857 but restored in 1976. It is very pretty little church and has a lovely interior of dark koa wood. The front entrance is behind the pulpit. Next door is Ke Ola Mau Loa Church with its green steeple.

Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge
This refuge was established in 1985 to protect and manage endangered Hawaiian forest birds and their habitats. The forest refuge is 32,733 acres but not all of it is open to the public. You will need a 4WD to access the refuge and the road may be closed after rain. It will take about 2 hours to get to the refuge from Waimea and it is not an easy route. Be advised that you will need a reservation which you can find out about on the website.
For information about this wildlife refuge visit the website at: http://www.fws.gov/hakalauforest