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Parker Ranch

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Address: 66-1304 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7503
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The Parker Ranch Family Estate (also known as the Historic Homes &...

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 Island. Open Monday through Friday, from 8:00am until 4:00pm for free self-guided tours which includes a 20 minute video on the history of the Ranch.

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They close at 4:00, so get there before so you'll have time to see everything. The employees are very informative as most have worked there for many years. There is a short movie... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 November 2016
Kris C
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Calgary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here yesterday afternoon...while it was kinda hard to find (not a ton of signage), it was a lovely, peaceful and informative stop! The drive up to the homes was peaceful. We saw some horses on the sides...but, signs stated that one should not feed or touch the horses as they may bite. The 2 homes that one can... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Gorgeous drive up in the hills. Up to 3500 feet high, so it's quite a bit cooler. This is one of the largest ranches in the US and is the largest cattle ranch in the US. I'm guessing there could be thousands all along the drive. I believe they have around 160,000 (or more) acres.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

They close at 4:00, so get there before so you'll have time to see everything. The employees are very informative as most have worked there for many years. There is a short movie and a museum. It's fascinating to learn the history of 'THE' Parker Ranch.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Just about all the land around Waimea as I understand is part of the Parker Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the USA. Rolling volcanic hills, cinders and terrain make up the landscape at the foot of Mauna Kea, the tallest volcano in Hawaii nearly 14,000 feet. Enjoyed visiting the visitors center which has a museum and on Wednesdays... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Was a neat place to see. Small settlement home and more modern home side by side. Self guided tour through homes was very informative. Take the time to watch the short video in the small home it gives a great overview of the history of the property and ranching on the island.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Watching the cattle roam about this windy, beautiful island paradise is unbeatable. Relaxing and historic, go learn about their history at the Parker Ranch Store.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

The Parker Ranch has a huge and long history on the Big Island. It's great to be able to visit the houses. The koa wood interior on the early house is beautiful.

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Aiea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

It was a history lesson of the Parker Family dating back to King Kamehameha and how he acquired what was once the largest privately owned ranch.

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Venice, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

The facility was clean and quiet. There is a donation box but you do not feel obligated. It was interesting to read the history of the farm. We especially enjoyed the original two story home.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

This is not the most well preserved or most elaborate presentation of a Historic Institution but it is worth visiting all the same. Wander on your own through the Parker Ranch building dating back to the 1800's. A nice amount of history on display for you to get a close look at. Don't confuse this site with the Parker Ranch... More 

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