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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped at the Parker Ranch Centre to do a bit of exploring. They have preserved the buildings well, and include many interesting artifacts and articles about the history of the Parker Ranch and the original family who founded the ranch. It took us about...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank BCTraveller89
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sight seeing in Waimea is not complete without a stop at the Parker Ranch. A self-guided tour starts with an informative 20-minute video. Superb memorabilia provide a close-up and personal insight into the Parker family.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TravelQueen1107
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ranch is located close to Waimea and the house and original homestead are open to the public for free. The original homestead was moved on to the property. It is made of beautiful wood. There are stairs up to the second floor and the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mary H
Reviewed 25 December 2018

Great stop to learn about the local families of the area and history of the big island. Beautiful grounds, trees and foliage.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CraftTheTravel
Reviewed 7 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.

Date of experience: May 2018
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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

Date of experience: August 2018
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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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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