More commonly known by its original name of Waimea, Kamuela continues to carry out the lessons learned from its Latin American settlers with a thriving ranching business, and you can still spot Hawaiian cowboys or paniolos at the Fourth of July rodeo festivities. The town is also home to several five-star resorts, world-class golf courses, and even a couple of astronomy facilities if you'd like to get a closer look at the heavens. While the luxury spas here are a major attraction for visitors booking Kamuela vacations, don't limit your holiday to the walls of your resort or hotel, no matter how lovely it might be. The town itself is a vibrant one and the locals here extremely friendly. Taking a walk through the town centre will lead you to charming local restaurants where you can try the daily specials on the cheap, bargain for discounts at the local market, or simply soak up the atmosphere of Hawaii that most tourists miss out on when they don't stray away from the beaches.
With easy access to the Big Island's shores, you can`still go surfing, kayaking, fishing, diving, snorkeling, and swimming if you want to be in the water, while those who are content to stay on firm ground will find plenty of room on the island's northern shores to kick back and relax under a beach umbrella. Kamuela's location also makes it a convenient base to explore the interiors of the Big Island and enjoy day-long hiking excursions or eco-tours.