The opportunity to pack a bag and hit the skies or seas in pursuit of a well-earned Big Island getaway is one travelers won’t want to miss. This is particularly true for Hawaii-bound adventurers that have their sights set on the stunning destination of Kamuela. A mere 30-minutes from Kohala, this scenic and exciting locale sits within the interior of the Big Island and offers up a place for visitors to enjoy around 2,670 feet of elevation. In Kamuela, you can count on a fresh air experience year-round as well as amazing views, and access to wide open green hills and pastures that are home to an array of island ranches.
It’s common to hear Kamuela referred to as Waimea by locals. However, be sure not to get this name confused with the Waimea located in both Kauai and Oahu respectively. Kamuela is a charming town that comes with a plethora of historical stops and modern marvels to enjoy. It’s also home to a variety of savory restaurants for visitors to try as well as boutique shops, theaters, museums, shopping centers and beyond. Whether you’re planning on spending your time in Kamuela exploring lush tropical gardens, or making the most of in-town fun, it’s a place with something for everyone to enjoy. That said, making the most of every moment often starts with knowing how to best get around!
Arriving in Kamuela
If your Big Island adventures begin north of Kamuela around Hawi, or you’re stopping by the Pololu Valley lookout, traveling south on Highway 250 is the way to travel in. Otherwise known as the Kohala Mountain Road, this route offers up a relatively straight path into Kamuela by vehicle. Many travelers also choose to fly into either Kona or Hilo and simply drive in from these destinations. The road leading to Kamuela from both starting points promises to be scenic and exciting! If you have a vacation rental in place and you’re looking to simply sit back and enjoy the view while making your way to Kamuela, companies like SpeediShuttle offer full shuttle services from Kona International Airport upon request.
Getting Around Kamuela with a Rental Car
The Big Island of Hawaii might not be enormous in terms of other travel destination standards across the map. However, it remains nearly twice as large as the other Hawaiian Islands combined, making the concept of renting a car to get around a commonly accepted one. Renting a car for your trip to Kamuela is a good idea when you want to be in control of your itinerary and timing. Fortunately for travelers headed this way, the process is relatively easy, especially if you’re flying in. Car rental agencies are located at terminals in both Kona and Hilo airports as well as cruise ports for those who are heading from sea routes. Renting a car also gives you the option to make the most of the scenic drives that surround Kamuela. Both Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 190) and Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 119) run between North Kona and South Kohala to Kamuela. Highway 19 makes for a great drive when you’re looking to enjoy the Hamakua Coastline towards Kamuela as well.
Rent a Bike and Explore Locally at Your Own Pace
If you know that your plans will have you staying close to Kamuela during your stay, renting a bike is a great way to take in the terrain and make the most of your time at your very own pace. Kamuela’s open roads and landscapes make it a scenic place to explore on two wheels and there are plenty of rental options available in the area when you don’t want to have to worry about transporting your own gear. Both bike Works Mauka and Big Island Bike Tours provide travelers with access to top-tier bikes as well as options to set up tours if that’s preferred.
Fun and Unique Ways to See the Area
Getting around Kamuela during a visit doesn’t always have to be practical. Sometimes it’s just an act of adrenaline-pumping fun! Head over to Kahua Ranch at least once while you’re in town to experience the landscape in a new way. This working sheep and cattle ranch is a good place to learn about the island lifestyle and also a destination where visitors can explore the terrain on ATV or horseback!
Find More Information on Local Transportation
Visiting and getting around Kamuela is designed to be a breeze, but if questions arise during your stay, the Kamuela Transportation Department is easy to reach. The department is located at 67-1603 Mamalahoa Highway. Questions can be directed to phone number 808-887-8126.
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