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Pu'u Menehune - Waimea (God's Country!) in Waimea

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Aloha, we'd like to share with you the story of our property, Pu'u Menehune, which was, until recently, pasture for Parker Ranch. Our pristine 13 acre ranch parcel, located in the heart of "Paniola" (Hawaiian cowboy) country, is blessed with a meandering stream, abundant waterfalls, and unsurpassed views of sacred Mauna Kea volcano. As you will experience when you hike Pu'u Menehune, this areas was the summer playground for Hawaiian Ali'i (royalty)who came to Waimea for its cool up-slope weather, open spaces, fun outdoor activities, and beautiful vistas. This is truely God's Country!

The 1920's plantation style house was formerly part of the historic Waimea Hotel and was saved by the owners from the wrecking ball when it was moved to its present location and painstakingly restored by its owners to its former glory -- a project that took over 2 years to complete. Each room is furnished with period antiques and fixtures including an old, double drain, porcelain kitchen sink, period porcelain pedestal sinks in the bathrooms, chandeliers and period lighting in every room of the house, high ceilings with original crown moldings, as well as a wood burning fireplace with ample firewood, and a wrap-around portch to entice you out of the house for the evening. During your stay you will feel as though you stepped back in time, when life was easier, when relaxation was permissible, when sitting on the front portch was the evening's entertainment.

On a clear, moonlit, night, you will be treated to unsurpassed views of Mauna Kea. Feel free to do a "moon walk" under star-filled skies. Greet the morning with your cup of Kona coffee and watch the sunrise as you gaze across Parker Ranch's vast pastures. Watch as
the sun dances across two beautiful pu'u's (cinder cones) and the Jurassic Park-like scenery surrounding the house. Pu'u Menehune is surrounded by horse and cattle ranches, pastures, and unspoiled forests. Look and you will be treated to the sight of pheasants, turkeys, quail, as well as native honey-creepers and birds of prey like the Hawaiian owl (pueo) and hawk (io). Enjoy the beauty of your own stream and the many pristine waterfalls which cascade along its course.  The property is partially forested with native ohia trees rich in Hawaiian lore. The owners are in the process of reforesting the property with koa, ohia, kawila, sandalwood, and other native trees. Other trees include apple, peach, pear, plum, and cherry.

Our 13 acre ranch offers you privacy, peace and quiet, hiking and nature walks along our pristine stream just minutes from the property, breathtaking waterfalls, and vistas of Mauna Kea and of Parker Ranch and its vast pastures, as well as abundant and unspoiled
nature -- an artists delight! Located at the 3,300 foot elevation, the property offers constantly changing weather patterns and it is not unusual to find yourself in mountain mist.

Although you will feel like you are in a world of your own, the charming town of Waimea is only 7 minutes away by car and offers all modern conveniences. The only thing we ask is that you join us in cherishing and protecting this beautiful land, truly God's country!

house rental amenities

Historic Waimea Hotel plantation cottage, featuring 2 bedrooms (queen-size beds), 2 baths, a gourmet kitchen having an old-fashioned procelain double sink, modern stainless appliances including a microwave, gas stove with electric oven located on an island, refrigerator, kitchen fully furnished with dishes, glasses (including wine glasses), cutlery, pots, pans, baking pans, and spices. Kona coffee and various teas are provided in the "coffee bar".

Other features include high ceilings with original moldings, antique lighting, wood burning fireplace, wrap aroung portch and vistas from every room, satellite t.v., DVD player, CD stereo to meet your music needs (music will never sound better!), a walk-in slate shower, and a furo (a Japanese wood tub for soaking and pampering yourself). The two bedrooms sleep 4 adults (2-queen size beds) and one bedroom has a princess cradle for an infant or toddler. The living room has a "day bed" for a fifth adult or two if you like it cozy. A stacked washer/dryer is also available.

activities and attractions in Waimea The Big Island

Although you will feel as though you are in a world by yourself, Waimea Town is just 7 minutes away by car. Waimea sits at the base of 14,000' Mauna Kea volcano which is the premiere site in the Northern Hemisphere for astronomical observation. If you are
adventurous, take a drive to the top of Mauna Kea and experience the heavens for yourself. Waimea is also home to one of Hawaii's oldest churches, the Imiola Congregational Church built by the missionaries in the early 1700's. Waimea is full of history from ancient Hawaiian temples and settlements dating back a millinnium to busy WWII days when soldiers of the Second and Fifth Marine Divisions prepared for battle at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Waimea Town has preserved many of its historic buildings and these designs have been followed in its newer buildings. It has many quaint shopping destinations which have boutique stores featuring local products as well as several antique shops.

Waimea has also become a culinary center of the State and the Pacific and offers some of the finest restaurants in Hawaii including Merriman's, Daniel Thiebaut's, Edelweiss, Parker Ranch Grill, and others. These progressive chefs are constantly experimenting with
new dishes using produce and meats from Waimea's organic farms and ranches and fish from nearby Kawaihae Harbor. If you enjoy cooking, pick up some local fresh produce from one of the many nearby farmers' markets and cook to your heart's delight in your gourmet kitchen. Your family and friends will love your tasty treats! If you are lucky, you may catch Waimea's famous fresh strawberries in season!

Activities in Waimea include the Cherry Blossom Festival held in early February, the Parker Ranch Rodeo held on July 4th, an old fashioned Christmas parade, and the Parker Ranch Museum. Visit the historic homes of Samuel Parker who, with a land-grant from King
Kamehameha The Great, started what became, and still is, one of America's largest ranches at over 200,000 acres.

Pu'u Menehune, at an elevation of 3,300 feet, is only a 20 minute drive from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world including Hapuna Beach State Park and Kauna'oa Beach located at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Hapuna Beach, measuring half a mile, is the Big Island's largest. In one annual survey, it was rated by "Dr. Beach" as the best beach in America. Kauna'oa is a beautiful crescent-shaped beach of white sand leading into azure water framed by swaying palms. So beautiful is this beach that it is annually
voted one of the top beaches in the world by Conde Nast's "Traveler" Magazine.

Nearby is Puako Beach where you can snorkel and swim with the turtles, but please don't touch -- it's against the law.  If golfing is your pleasure, you are lucky! The Kohala Resorts, which include the Mauna Kea, the Hapuna Beach, the Mauna Lani (Senior
Men's Skins Game), and the Waikaloa offer some of the best golfing in the world -- and have some of the most beautiful ocean holes you will ever get a chance to play. Other adventures include horseback riding at Kahua Ranch, a short, but beautiful, drive away, or at Waipio Valley which leads to a beautiful waterfall where you can swim in the pond below the falls.

The nearby plantation town of Hawi offers a fun and safe flume ride in a kayak along a historic irrigation canal carved into the mountain side, or just sit back and enjoy the car ride along the Kohala Mountain Road which is rated by many travel magazines as one of the ten best scenic drives in America. And, for your day trip, you must venture to Volcano National Park and see the lava! Yes, Madam Pele has been erupting for the past 10 years and, if you are lucky, you may able to see lava as it flows to the sea.  And this is just the beginning! There is so much more that awaits you.... ALOHA

vacation rental rates

$250 per night.  Owners reserve right to raise rates during peak-season (December 15th - April 10th as well as State and Federal holidays); maximum 6 adults; Hawaii General Excise Tax and Transient Accommodation Tax of 13.42%; three night minimum; possible discount for bookings of seven nights or more; cleaning fee of $175 for any stay; $750.00 deposit; bookings require full prepayment; prepayment is refundable if cancelled 90-days or more in advance of stay. 

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