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Kamuela is located along Highway 19 on the north side of The Big Island in the South Kohala region. Kamuela is also referred to as Waimea, which was the original name of the community and the surrounding area. Due to some overlapping names, and confusion with similar names of towns on the other islands, the post office demanded another definitive name for the town, and thus Kamuela was adopted. Kamuela lies in the rolling green foothills above the Kohala Coast, and offers hiking, biking, tennis, and horseback riding. Kamuela is also home to nine golf courses and seven world class hotels. Just a short drive takes you to some of the island's most beautiful beaches and swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, diving and more. The town of Kamuela boosts some of the best restaurants on the island, where chefs prepare dishes made from fresh fruits and produce and seafood of the area. In recent years, Kamuela has become popular with many fine artists and craftspeople, and art galleries and specialty shops line the main street of town. Other points of interest in Kamuela include Parker Ranch, the largest working ranch of its kind in the U.S., where Hawaiian cowboys still work and live in the way of their ancestors. Kamuela is also the home base for the famous Mauna Kea Observatory. The beautiful country setting of the town, just nine miles above the Kohala Coast, makes Kamuela a perfect choice for a peaceful vacation retreat.

Surrounding areas: Waimea, Hawaii (3.9 mi), Kawaihae, Hawaii (8.4 mi), Waikoloa Village, Hawaii (9.5 mi), Waipio Valley, Hawaii (10.7 mi), Puako, Hawaii (11.6 mi), Mauna Lani, Hawaii (11.9 mi), Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hawaii (12.9 mi)

Kamuela Vacation Rentals

Kamuela Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bay Club At Waikoloa Beach69-450 Waikoloa BCH DrKamuela, HI (808) 885-7979
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel62-100 Kauna'oa DrKamuela, HI (808) 880-1111
Hilton Waikoloa Village425 Waikoloa BCH DrKamuela, HI (808) 885-1234
Mauna Beach Hotel62-100 Mauna Kea BCH DrKamuela, HI (808) 880-1111
Nomura Hawaii Village68-1270 S Kaniku DrKamuela, HI (808) 885-6611
Nomura Hawaii VillageSouth Kaniku DrKamuela, HI (808) 885-6611
The Fairmont Orchid1 N Kaniku DrKamuela, HI (808) 885-2000
Orchid At Mauna LaniNorth Kaniku DrKohala Coast, HI2.2 mi.(808) 845-9905
Hyatt Regency WaikoloaWaikoloa, HI7.1 mi.(808) 885-1234
The Bay Club At Wailea Resort69-450 Waikoloa BCH DrWaikoloa, HI7.1 mi.(808) 886-7979
Elima Lani @ Walkosoa Village68-3883 Lua Kula StWaikoloa, HI7.7 mi.(800) 367-5004
Kona Coast Resort IIAlii DrKailua-kona, HI28.9 mi.(808) 324-1721
Kanaloa At KonaManu Kai StKona, HI28.9 mi.(808) 822-9025

Kamuela Weather & Climate

The north/northwestern tip of The Big Island is lush and green year round. Due to its central location on the island, it is also somewhat in the middle where precipitation is concerned - not quite as dry as the western "leeward" side, but not as wet as the eastern "windward" side. Showers occur year round in this area, but most often at night or in the late afternoon. The temperature is warm throughout the year, only slightly warmer in the summer months, and cooler during the overnight hours. Other important features of the climate on The Big Island include moderate humidity and persistent northeasterly trade winds. In winter, the trade winds may be interrupted for days or weeks by the invasion of cyclones and this brings more rainstorms and southerly and westerly winds to the island.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 78°F 64°F 2.76 in. 72°F
February 78°F 64°F 2.42 in. 72°F
March 80°F 65°F 2.47 in. 71°F
April 81°F 66°F 1.50 in. 72°F
May 82°F 67°F 1.22 in. 72°F
June 83°F 69°F 0.64 in. 74°F
July 83°F 70°F 0.75 in. 74°F
August 84°F 70°F 0.54 in. 75°F
September 84°F 70°F 0.77 in. 75°F
October 83°F 70°F 0.78 in. 75°F
November 81°F 68°F 1.39 in. 74°F
December 79°F 66°F 2.68 in. 73°F

Kamuela Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Waimea Kohala airport (MUE) located about 2 miles east of Kamuela, the Kona International At Keahole airport (KOA) located approximately 28 miles southwest of Kamuela in Kailua / Kona, Hawaii, and finally the Hilo International airport (ITO) located roughly 47 miles southeast of Kamuela in Hilo, Hawaii.

Kamuela Attractions

State Parks
Hapuna Beach State ParkHI7.6 mi. 
Mauna Kea State ParkHI21.5 mi. 
Kona Coast State ParkHI24.9 mi. 
ĎAkaka Falls State ParkHI37.7 mi. 

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