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Parker Ranch

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“koa wood”(13 reviews)
The Parker Ranch Family Estate (also known as the Historic Homes & Gardens) was home to the Parker family from 1879 to 1992. From these homes the Parker's ran a cattle empire that survives to this day and at its height spanned half of the Big...more
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66-1304 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7503
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All reviews koa wood self guided tour art collection the main house original house the big island newer home lots of history visitor center interesting place to visit great history hawaiian history beautiful drive history lesson two hours homes headquarters
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Parker Ranch had a very interesting history. John Parker became liked by the Royalty in Hawaii and he was a sailor from Massachusetts who jumped ship. He married into Royalty and created the ranch from two acres, which he was given, to 500,000 acres....More

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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Home belonged to the Smart family who built Waimea town and owned almost all the land around it - their Parker Ranch was the biggest ranch anywhere in the US - good place to learn history of the area.

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Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Not out of the way if your around Waimea in the daylight. Great historic site and will learn a great deal about early Hawaii politics and industry. See a house built entirely of Koa wood. An unusual find because of the expense. Cost is free,...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2018

I had read a little about the Parker Ranch, but it was great to be able to see the exhibits, particularly the homestead. Don't miss it.

1  Thank robin1964
Reviewed 20 July 2018

We were lucky enough to arrive the day before 4th of July on the Big Island and were thrilled to go to the 4th of July rodeo and horse races at Parker Ranch. We enjoyed the beautiful scenic drive to Waimea area and for $10...More

Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 25 June 2018

This was interesting but the initial introduction seemed a bit long and on the edge of dull and boring. Overall the history of the Parker Ranch was extremely interesting and we did very much enjoy touring the house.

Thank rbymail
Reviewed 8 May 2018

We enjoyed learning about the history of the Big Island and the "pioneers"/"conquerors" who helped establish the ranching community in the area. It was interesting to learn how Parker married into the royal family and started a diverse dynasty that many local Big Islanders can...More

1  Thank chantaldangler
Reviewed 14 April 2018

Visited both the mansion and the original Parker Homes. The mansion contained valuable paintings and furniture from family collections and panels detailing a complete history of the Parker family and property from its beginnings in 1850 by John Parker to the sixth generation heir Richard...More

Thank 44statesandcounting
Reviewed 9 March 2018

The history of Parker ranch and its ties to Hollywood, make for an interesting story. Entrance is off the upper Mamaloa highway from Kona.

Thank charlesodonnell
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Stopped and looked at the horses on the way up the drive. Easy self guided tour. Local history and house was interesting to see and learn about.

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The DVD claims 800 miles of fencing.