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Top Choice Hawaii Regional in Waimea (Kamuela)


Chef-owner Peter Merriman's Waimea namesake has long wowed diners with its creative use of organic, island-grown ingredients. Today there are four sister restaurants anchored by this, the original flagship. It's sti…
Top Choice Burgers in Waimea (Kamuela)

Village Burger

Burger connoisseurs, prepare to be impressed. Big Island beef, veal and lamb burgers are juicy and tender, while vegetarian options (Waipiʻo Valley taro or Hamakua mushroom) are equally scrumptious. All major ingred…
Top Choice Diner in Waimea (Kamuela)

Hawaiian Style Cafe

Think you can eat a lot? If the portions at this local favorite greasy spoon don't satisfy you, we nod our heads in awe (and maybe a little in disgust). Expect enormous portions of loco moco (rice, fried egg and ham…
Top Choice Theater in Waimea (Kamuela)

Kahilu Theatre

A hot spot for music and dance, this theater has its finger on the pulse of the Big Island, and offers a variety of top performances – for example from Hawaii icons the Brothers Cazimero, the latest Van Cliburn winn…
Top Choice Sushi in Waimea (Kamuela)

Aka Sushi Bar

Ignore the strip-mall setting: this is a gem for reasonably priced or takeout sushi, and a beloved local institution. Nigiri (oblong-shaped sushi) and rolls have a high fish-to-rice ratio, and everything is fresh. B…
Gallery in Waimea (Kamuela)

Isaacs Art Center

Set in a meticulously relocated 1915 schoolhouse, this series of bright, charming galleries displays a diverse collection of local and international fine art. The permanent collection features mostly renowned late m…
Hawaii Regional in Waimea (Kamuela)

Redwater Cafe

Redwater has quickly risen to the top of many lists, propelled in part by the reputation of owner/chef David Abrahams, a 25-year veteran of resort kitchens on the West Coast. The decor is saloon simple, the menu a t…
Barbecue in Waimea (Kamuela)

Fish and the Hog Market Cafe

Barbecue isn't the first food genre folks tend to associate with Hawaii, but this is an island that loves smoked meat. This sit-down restaurant serves ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and other kiawe-smoked meats wit…
Market in Waimea (Kamuela)

Waimea Town Farmers Market

With a circle of vendors around a grassy field, this farmers market has a friendly, cohesive vibe. Find artisan edibles, including handcrafted pasta and sausages, bread freshly baked in a mobile oven, goat diary pro…
Music in Waimea (Kamuela)

Waimea Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Institute Concert

This annual concert in mid-November is a dream opportunity to see Hawaii's musical greats. Past headliners include Ledward Kaʻapana and Cyril Pahinui.