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Address: 65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Private Tour
$249*
and up
Private Tour: Big Island Organic Farms & Merriman
Small Group
$218*
and up
Kilauea Volcano Small Group Adventure Tour

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Different to the rest of Hawaii

We stopped off in Waimea en route up the Kohala coast and it really did have the feel of a old-fashioned American town. The shops we went into were all incredibly friendly but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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329 reviews 329 reviews
96 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We stopped off in Waimea en route up the Kohala coast and it really did have the feel of a old-fashioned American town. The shops we went into were all incredibly friendly but with no compulsion to buy if you didn't want to. The lovely lady in the General Stores even called other places when she didn't stock want we... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Waimea is not your typical Hawaiian town. Parker ranch is in the area so you get a cowboy feel and the Parker ranch history is real interesting. Waimea is a small, country town. We found an L & L Barbecue there and the food was real good! I couldn't review it in the restaurant area because there wasn't a Waimea... More 

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Bryant, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Who would have ever thought a beautiful Western town on the Big Island of Hawaii?! It was such a nice stop to walk about the shops, talk to the friendly people and view Mauna Kea with it's snow cap. Simply amazing!!!

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Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Small town on the north end of island. Stores line each side of the road for a city block. Cute stores, friendly people.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
34 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

When the temperature hit 88 in Kona, off we went to Waimea and the cooler temperatures. The center has a food court with DQ / Orange Julius and several places to eat including a Chinese and a Korean takeout. Nearby are a number of shops,burger joints, grocery and gas station. You are basically downtown in a small town. It started... More 

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Nice drive up the mountain from Waikoloa. The weather was approximately 20 degrees cooler and there was a nice mist. Small town charm. We ate at Island Burger near the Parker Ranch store.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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62 reviews 62 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

Its less than an hour's drive to Waimea. For tourists Waimea is a nice atypical Hawaiian experience. It's cool, has a cowboy ranch history and mentality, and lots of quaintness, including,arguably, the best restaurant in Hawaii-Merriman's.

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