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Waimea is located along the northern end of The Big Island of Hawaii, nine miles above the Kohala Coast. The community of Waimea is also known as Kamuela. The two are actually one and the same, with Waimea being the original name of the community and the surrounding area. Waimea lies in the rolling green foothills above the Kohala Coast, and offers hiking, biking, tennis, and horseback riding. Waimea 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 Waimea boosts some of the best restaurants on the island, where chefs prepare dishes made from fruits and produce and fresh seafood of the area. In recent years, Waimea 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 Waimea 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. Waimea is also the home base for the famous Mauna Kea Observatory. The community of Waimea that is nestled 2,500 feet above the spectacular Kohala Coast offers a peaceful, country setting for visitors.

Surrounding areas: Kamuela, Hawaii (3.9 mi), Waipio Valley, Hawaii (7.7 mi), Kawaihae, Hawaii (11.9 mi), Honokaa, Hawaii (12.5 mi), Waikoloa Village, Hawaii (13.3 mi), Puako, Hawaii (15.5 mi), Mauna Lani, Hawaii (15.8 mi)

Waimea Vacation Rentals

Waimea Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bay Club At Waikoloa Beach69-450 Waikoloa BCH DrKamuela, HI3.6 mi.(808) 885-7979
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel62-100 Kauna'oa DrKamuela, HI3.6 mi.(808) 880-1111
Hilton Waikoloa Village425 Waikoloa BCH DrKamuela, HI3.6 mi.(808) 885-1234
Mauna Beach Hotel62-100 Mauna Kea BCH DrKamuela, HI3.6 mi.(808) 880-1111
Nomura Hawaii VillageSouth Kaniku DrKamuela, HI3.6 mi.(808) 885-6611
Orchid At Mauna LaniNorth Kaniku DrKohala Coast, HI3.6 mi.(808) 845-9905
Hyatt Regency WaikoloaWaikoloa, HI10.8 mi.(808) 885-1234
The Bay Club At Wailea Resort69-450 Waikoloa BCH DrWaikoloa, HI10.8 mi.(808) 886-7979
Elima Lani @ Walkosoa Village68-3883 Lua Kula StWaikoloa, HI11.3 mi.(800) 367-5004
The Fairmont Orchid1 N Kaniku DrKamuela, HI14.7 mi.(808) 885-2000
Nomura Hawaii Village68-1270 S Kaniku DrKamuela, HI14.9 mi.(808) 885-6611

Waimea 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

Waimea Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Waimea Kohala airport (MUE) located about 2 miles southwest of Waimea in Kamuela, Hawaii, the Kona International At Keahole airport (KOA) located approximately 32 miles southwest of Waimea in Kailua / Kona, Hawaii, and finally the Hilo International airport (ITO) located roughly 44 miles southeast of Waimea in Hilo, Hawaii.

Waimea Attractions

State Parks
Hapuna Beach State ParkHI11.4 mi. 
Mauna Kea State ParkHI20.7 mi. 
Kona Coast State ParkHI28.6 mi. 
ĎAkaka Falls State ParkHI34.5 mi. 

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