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Things to do in Waimea

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
American Restaurant
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“Upscale farm to table fare. Our favorite restaurant on the island. This is a must for any foodie who visits Waimea. Great for special occasion dining. Reservation recommended for lunch and dinner. Approximately 1 hour drive from the guesthouse. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Brewery
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“About an hour's drive away in the Paniolo town of Waimea is Big Island Brewhaus. Their craft beers are rarely available on the mainland and win many awards so enjoy! They also serve some fantastic grindz!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“A local institution - with a menu of Hawaiian comfort favorites. Order the Haupia pancakes and Kalua Hash. Address: 65-1290 Kawaihae Rd Waimea”
  • 37 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Stylish haunt with an inventive menu that merges global flavors, plus a beer garden & live music. Cute atmosphere with good food!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This cafe has good food and coffee and is a wonderful gathering place for the community. Feel free to ask people for recommendations for places to go or for general info. It can get crowded, so not great if in a hurry. But if you are on Island Time and want to linger and absorb a bit of Waimea (Kamuela), this is a good place for it! Open for breakfast & lunch (till 3) every day, closes at 5:30 pm most days (closes 3 pm on Sunday).”
  • 26 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“This restaurant celebrates cooking from scratch with a focus on slow and low smoked brisket, pork, ribs and chicken. Pulled pork, fish tacos and chopped BBQ brisket are our favorites. Address: 64-957 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“They have great burgers, and veggie options too. Next to the food court in Waimea, which also has a decent mexican food shop, and other places to eat.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Catch amazing performances nightly at our local theatre just 2 minutes away”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A staple restaurant in Waimea. Pizza, pasta, salads - dine in or take out. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Salad Place
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“Delicious and casual spot for breakfast and lunch located on the back side of the Parker Ranch Center. John, the owner, is a lovely Frenchman and his food reflects that. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Charming Farmer's market with local arts and crafts, woodworkers and unique food choices made right there on site. Go early, they close at noon. Saturdays only.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“This is a great Saturday experience to get some local grown veggies, honey and more. Food trucks for lunch:)”
  • 10 locals recommend
Farm
“There is rich histoery in Waimea. Parker Ranch is the largest privately owned ranch in the US in the green hills of Waimea. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Grab a coffee here early Saturday morning before you head to the local farmers market for fantastic local fresh fruit vegetables, Wow tomatoes, flowers, kimche.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Art gallery or gift shop, this a great place for unique gifts and things to browse! Many local artists and lovely Hawaiian elements. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Health
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Upscale farm to table fare. Our favorite restaurant on the island. This is a must for any foodie who visits Waimea. Great for special occasion dining. Reservation recommended for lunch and dinner. Approximately 1 hour drive from the guesthouse. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Brewery
“About an hour's drive away in the Paniolo town of Waimea is Big Island Brewhaus. Their craft beers are rarely available on the mainland and win many awards so enjoy! They also serve some fantastic grindz!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“A local institution - with a menu of Hawaiian comfort favorites. Order the Haupia pancakes and Kalua Hash. Address: 65-1290 Kawaihae Rd Waimea”
  • 37 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Stylish haunt with an inventive menu that merges global flavors, plus a beer garden & live music. Cute atmosphere with good food!”
  • 31 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“This restaurant celebrates cooking from scratch with a focus on slow and low smoked brisket, pork, ribs and chicken. Pulled pork, fish tacos and chopped BBQ brisket are our favorites. Address: 64-957 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“They have great burgers, and veggie options too. Next to the food court in Waimea, which also has a decent mexican food shop, and other places to eat.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A staple restaurant in Waimea. Pizza, pasta, salads - dine in or take out. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Salad Place
“Delicious and casual spot for breakfast and lunch located on the back side of the Parker Ranch Center. John, the owner, is a lovely Frenchman and his food reflects that. ”
  • 14 locals recommend

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