Parker Ranch, in Waimea on Hawaii’s Big Island, was founded in 1847. It is one of the oldest and most historic ranches in the United States. Encompassing across thousands of acres across the island, Parker Ranch is also among the country’s largest cattle ranches.
In 1992, following the death of sixth generation Parker descendent Richard Smart, the ranch’s last owner, Parker Ranch, complete with Smart’s extensive art collection was left in a trust to support healthcare, education and charitable giving through named beneficiaries in the Waimea community. The Parker Ranch Foundation Trust beneficiaries include Parker School Trust Corporation, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Hawaii Community Foundation’s Richard Smart Fund and North Hawaii Community Hospital.
Today, Parker Ranch offers opportunities for visitors to learn more about the history and culture of the Ranch by calling or visiting Activities and Reservations center. Call 808-885-7655 or toll free 1-877-885-7999.
For the more adventuresome, Cowboys of Hawaii offers horseback riding and All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) tours through pastureland under the imposing presence of Mauna Kea and its world class telescopes. After a great day of touring, visitors enjoy stopping into the Parker Ranch Store to pick up a memento of their trip from music or coffee, jerky or tees, island lotions or jewelry to a striking array of upcountry Paniolo apparel.
Horseback riding, shopping, ATV tours, historic homes gallery, and hunting are among the few activities offered here at the ranch.
I ate a lunch there and I love the atmosphere. If you like Ranch, you have to stop by wheneve you are around this town Kamuela ( or if you stay in Kona , Big island) Kualoa ranch looks more for tourist spot, and they do not have a nice restaurant. I am not too sure this is a great spot for kids. Watch out kids might break something at glass store there!
A visit to the Parker Ranch Visitor Center and Museum will give you a complete history and overview of the Parker Ranch and Waimea town. There are two museums and a wonderful slide show that demonstrates how today’s ranch hands hold fast and proud to their important place in history.