Welcome to Waimea (Kamuela)
But don’t leap to any conclusions: this is no company town. For its size, Waimea contains extraordinary depths, and one of the joys of visiting is to plumb them. From the highway all you see are bland strip malls, but closer inspection finds an vibrant arts scene, a long list of dining options, outstanding shopping, farmers markets and a rich cowboy heritage. Then there are all the fascinating transplants – organic farmers, astronomers, artists, teachers – an enlightened, well-traveled bunch. Old West courtesy and small town pace prevail, making it easy to strike up a conversation.