Labor Day is just around the corner meaning there’s never been a better time to start thinking about holiday travel plans! When your idea of an idyllic getaway over Labor Day includes everything from great weather and lush rolling hills in combination with access to inviting exploration opportunities as well as shopping, and dining stops to match, making it a trip to Kamuela is a must. Also known as Waimea on the Big Island, Kamuela is a captivating vacation destination situated near the interior of the Kohala District. Crisp air and inspiring terrain define a trip to Kamuela any time of year, but those who head this way over Labor Day will have ample options for added fun. The following are just a few of the many activities and attractions to enjoy when you plan to spend Labor Day 2022 in Kamuela.
Visit the Imioloa Church
Waimea is loved for its sense of small-town charm, but it offers up access to rich history for those with a passion for pursuing the past. If you’re looking to incorporate a bit of insightful education into your exciting Labor Day experience, make sure to make time for a visit to the Imioloa Church. This New England-style structure dates back to 1857 when it was originally constructed. The church hosts a memorial that pays homage to a priest known as Lorenzo Lyons who dedicated himself to translating hymns into both Hawaiian and English during his lifetime. Today, the church remains active and hosts a full congregation with services on Sundays at 9:30. That said, visitors can drop by any time to take a look at the architecture, stroll the grounds, and learn more about this iconic church’s past.
Explore Petroglyph Fields
When visiting Kamuela over Labor Day, those who have a heart for history can step even further into an exploration of the past by taking time to enjoy nearby petroglyph fields. Petroglyphs are beautiful images carved into stone that were left by people who long ago called the island home. They’re a testament to the island’s rich history and some near Kamuela date back to the 1500s! The two most popular petroglyph fields to visit while you’re here are the Puako Petroglyph field and the Waikoloa Petroglyph Field. Both locations sit just west of central Kamuela and are relatively easy to reach.
Enjoy Time at Anna Ranch or Parker Ranch
The lush terrain that makes up Kamuela lends itself to thriving ranches throughout. In fact, this area once hosted some of the largest ranches accounted for across the entire nation! A Labor Day trip to Kamuela is a great time to explore both Anna Ranch and Parker Ranch—two of the most iconic ranch stops in the region. A visit to either is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of ranching in the area as well as the Hawaiian cowboy culture it created. If you’re looking to pair your ranch exploration with a horseback riding tour, Parker Ranch is definitely the place to be. If you’re excited to enjoy time at a local farmers market during your ranch visit as well, Anna Ranch is calling your name.
Savor Some Time on the Sand
You don’t have to travel far to find a place under the sun and on the sand when you make Kamuela your Labor Day destination this year. When you think of an island getaway, you’re likely to envision a beach day or two and the dream is well within reach when you travel here. Some of the most idyllic beaches around are found just a short drive west of Kamuela. Kohala Coast favorites can easily be accessed in both Pololu Valley and Waipi’o and feature white sand and black sand destinations alike. Whether you’re looking to work on your tan, can’t wait to surf, or have a heart for snorkeling, you’ll find it’s always available near Kamuela.
Make the Most of Your Labor Day Fun
There’s no reason to wait when you‘re ready to make the most of an adventure to Kamuela. Your Big Island journey can and should be topped off in style by booking a beautiful vacation rental through the property professionals at Venture Hawaii. We’ll make sure you’re settled into a luxury that keeps you close to the fun and indulging in delightful amenities as well. Our property options can be customized to taste and style preferences no matter when you arrive to enjoy your Hawaiian getaway. Our team is here to handle the details so that our guests can focus on the fun and adventure ahead. Whether it’s a home with a pool that would make all the difference or you’re looking for a specific view to wake up to each day, we have you covered! Get in touch to learn more and begin planning your next trip.