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Parker Ranch

66-1304 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7503
+1 808-885-7311
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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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66-1304 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-7503
+1 808-885-7311
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful horses and so many colts may greet you at the gate, so don't wait to take a picture! Although pictures are not permitted in Richard Smart's and the original ranch home, it is still a must to see in Waimea.

Thank LokelaniHonolulu
Reviewed 22 May 2017

I visited Parker Ranch in October 2013 to write an article on them. I fell in love with this ranch and its history and went back several times. The self-tour is free, and you learn all about the Ranch and its history. It hosted a...More

Thank Deborah T
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Yes, a lot of guide books have not been updated to reflect the closure of the separate visitor center. The headquarters still maintains a number of displays and historic buildings and is worth your time to visit if you have any interest in the history...More

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 26 April 2017

We enjoyed our visit to the Parker Ranch and actually visited with some of the folks who are currently involved in the ranching/cattle end of the business. It was very interesting!

Thank Coloradogirl523
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We first visited the Parker Ranch store in Waimea and were then given directions to the ranch. The visit is free and you can wander the beautiful historic homes, grounds and stable, there was only one other car there while we were visiting.

Thank Julie O
Reviewed 28 February 2017

It was an interesting visit. Two of the historic ranch houses were moved to the Parker Ranch headquarters. There is a film about the ranch that is about 20 minutes long. The main building is the current headquarters and sometimes rooms are unavailable because of...More

Thank Debbie E
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Interesting history with lots of memories of the times gone by. Not at all crowded and free. Both the newer home and the original home tell a history unique to cattle ranching. The garage with several horse drawn carriages.

1  Thank Ed G
Reviewed 28 January 2017

A nice stop if you are out seeing the area. Great history. We did this on our last day. Enjoyed the town more

Thank rubyshoe77
Reviewed 4 January 2017

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...More

4  Thank CdnTravellerCalgary
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...More

1  Thank immabimmab
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