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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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+1 808-885-7311
08:00 - 16:00
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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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Historic Homes

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... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2017
Julie O
Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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180 reviews
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Reviewed 8 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.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 1 March 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 meetings. Admission is free. Be sure to pick up the guide pamphlet as it will... More 

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Austin, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 16 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.

Thank Ed G
Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed 29 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

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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 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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Reviewed 3 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.

1 Thank immabimmab
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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.

2 Thank Kris C
Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 3 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 

2 Thank Charles R
San Diego, California
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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.

2 Thank Crazysparky
Somerset, New Jersey
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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.

1 Thank Kimberly D

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