When beautiful island landscapes, inspiring beaches, and the flavors and fun to match are your idea of an idyllic adventure heading to Kamuela is always a good choice. This Big Island destination is one that easily captures the imagination and makes it possible for travelers with all types of interests to embrace the best during their stay. While Kamuela proves time and again to be a year-round locale well-worth visiting, those who head this way in the fall will have a lot to look forward to! The following are just a few of the many things to add to your itinerary when you’re traveling to Kamuela this time of year and looking to welcome the fall season in island style.
Enjoy Great Fall Stargazing
Travelers taking time out of busy schedules to enjoy some well-earned time away in Kamuela in the fall will find this is a great time of year to make the most of stargazing! Kamuela is settled at an elevation of nearly 300 feet and offers up visitors access to amazing views during the day, and bright clear skies at night that are ideal for checking out the cosmos. One of the prime places to make the most of fall stargazing fun is at Mauna Kea. Travelers excited to set their sights on the skies above this fall can choose from two destinations that Mauna Kea hosts. The visitor station is a popular spot to enjoy stargazing and is located about halfway up this iconic volcano. The summit is another fan-favorite destination for stargazing and it’s here that visitors can access a collection of telescopes too. Driving to the visitor station can be done with vehicles of all types but those who are determined to make the most of summit stargazing will want to be sure to have a sturdy 4WD vehicle with good brakes lined up for this adventure. The visitor center at Mauna Kea can be reached by following Saddle Road to the Mauna Kea Access Road. Follow the designated route and you’ll reach the center at the halfway point of the volcano which sits at an elevation of 9,200 feet.
Savor Time on the Sand
Fall in Kamuela is still a great time to add beach-hopping to your itinerary. Making it even better is that you never have to travel very far to find those scenic shorelines you crave. Whether you’re up for some snorkeling, surfing, or you’re looking forward to a relaxing time on the sand, it’s worth enjoying this activity while you’re here. Those who are pursuing a day on white sand beaches will find them when traveling toward the Kohala Coast. If eye-catching black sand beaches are more your style, head over to the Pololu Valley or Waipi’o to find them instead. They’re just a short drive away from the center of Kamuela.
Spend Time Golfing
For many adventurers, a trip anywhere wouldn’t feel complete without time on the greens and a visit to Kamuela is no exception to the rule. Fortunately, those who head this way in the fall will find it’s a fantastic time of year to book a round of golf at a variety of courses in the area. The Big Island has earned a reputation as an oasis of golf fun for enthusiasts and those new to the sport alike. Kamuela puts golfers within proximity to some of the best courses around. While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the Hamakua Country Club, Naniloa Volcano Golf Course, or the Hilo Municipal Golf Course just to name a few.
Hike the Pololu Valley
The landscape that makes up Kamuela is made up of everything from rolling hills to sprawling valleys. For those that love to hike, this is endlessly tantalizing, and fall is a wonderful season to check out the trails. Hiking through the Pololu Valley might just be the highlight of your visit when getting into nature and savoring scenery is exactly your style. The Pololu Valley is part of a collection of valleys that are settled into the Kohala volcano. It’s a northern valley that hosts green pastures, steep cliffs, and access to black sand beaches too. Whether you take to the trails for a few hours here or make it an all-day excursion, it promises to be a scenic and inspiring way to spend time during your Kamuela getaway.
Book Your Island Adventure Today
Spending time in Kamuela any time of year is a delight, but when you’re looking to elevate your stay to the next exceptional level, Venture Hawaii has you covered. We’re happy to help travelers get settled into a luxurious Kamuela vacation rental that keeps them close to the fun they can’t wait to discover while providing the luxury, comfort, and style they deserve from their island adventure too. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about the many inspiring property options available to rent across Kamuela the next time travel plans bring you this way!
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.