Find the best places to stay in Waimea, HI.

Waimea is a small town in the North Kohala district on the Big Island of Hawaii. Waimea (also called Kamuela) is an inland town nestled between green, rolling hills with awe-inspiring views of Mauna Kea. It’s a great half-way point between Kailua-Kona and Hilo. The Waimea area has a thriving community of about 9,000 residents, with a live performance theater, numerous shops and plenty of restaurants.

Learn more about the upcountry town of Waimea at This is definitely a town worth exploring and spending a few nights in. We have been care taking a large property just outside of Waimea for the past 8+ months and can attest to the towns hospitality. There is plenty to do here, you can even get a nice sampler of locally made craft beers at the Brewhaus.

Where To Stay In Waimea

First of, let me tell you where not to stay while visiting this lovely town… The Waimea Country Lodge. The place is very run down, looks dirty and dingy on the outside and the one room we looked at was horrible. Plus, they gave us the old ‘Bait & Switch’ while planning an upcoming visit from Nick’s parents. Avoid this place at all costs!

Where not to stay in Waimea HI

There are many great inexpensive vacation rentals in and around the town of Waimea that are worth considering!

If you want to spend a little extra you can check out the Jacaranda Inn, an upscale historic Waimea ranch. We have heard good things about this place from several couples that stayed there. Rooms start at $159/night.

Here are a few of our favorite, inexpensive vacation rentals in town (prices & availability are subject to change).

Waimea Private Master Suite – $65/Night

Rent a room in Waimea HI

Located in a safe, upscale Waimea neighborhood, guests will find cool temperatures and a comfortable private room to relax. Beautiful beaches, heavenly hiking, and magnificent Mauna Kea are all within a 20 minute drive. WHCH, Canada-France and Keck and weekly farmers markets are within walking distance. Learn more…

Peaceful, Private Space in Paradise – $89/Night

Waimea HI AirBNB

This is a truly private mother-in-law “Ohana” one bedroom apartment. The area includes a living room with fireplace, kitchenette complete with a full sized refrigerator and modern, tasteful amenities. Private neighborhood.

We met the owners, a very nice couple with two boys and a golden lab, and have looked at the Ohana ourselves. Nick’s parents will stay here during their visit in February. Learn more…

Maile Room in Rose’s Cottage – $100/Night

Where to stay in Waimea HI

The Maile room is in a LOVELY cottage in a quiet neighborhood in Kamuela, central to the island, with a private bathroom, shared kitchen, dining room, living room, gardens and views of 3 volcano’s and the ocean. EXCELLENT location! Learn more…

Ekolu K Ohana Farm – $200/Night

Ekolu K Ohana Farm for rent

Welcome to Ekolu K Ohana Farm-a native Hawaiian owned flower farm accommodating visitors for farmstays and peaceful holidays served with true Hawaiian style aloha. We have several types of accommodations from a private two bedroom two bath house to a private en suite attached unit. We offer modern amenities in a rural setting. Internet, large flat screen TV, laundry facilities, full kitchens, comfortable beds, not to mention Thelma and Louise our treat seeking free range hens. Learn more…

As far as I can tell there are about 30 Vacation Rentals in the Waimea, HI area.

They range from under $100 for a serene hillside retreat up to around $300 per night for a beautiful, luxurious home that sleeps 6 with a hot tub and a spectacular Mauna Kea view.

The whole vacation rental process on AirBNB is very easy and straight forward. Simply create an account, enter your vacation destination and dates, you can also filter by room type (shared room, private room or entire home) and price range.

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We have used AirBNB’s for inexpensive vacation rentals on the Big Island, in Colorado and Kansas and have only been slightly disappointed once. You are encouraged to leave your honest review after every stay!

Have you visited the town of Waimea, HI? What where your impressions and where did you stay? Leave us a comment below. 

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