‘Tis the time of year when parents all over the world start to evaluate whether where they are living is right for their family. Even though cultural norms can be vastly different from one place around the world to another, many consistencies in what parents desire of their hometown exist, such as: safe streets, low crime, temperate climate, natural beauty, friendly residents, and enjoyable ways to spend time.
Waimea residents enjoying nature
Historic Big Island Town of Waimea Meets Family Friendly Criteria
Waimea (a.k.a. “Kamuela”) on the Big Island of Hawaii meets the above criteria and more. Waimea is a small town (approx. 12,000 full-time residents) and maintains a small town feel. Waimea’s ranching (Parker Ranch), paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy), and performing arts (Richard Smart) history is woven into the fabric of everyday life through cultural celebrations and main street decor.
Nestled at the base of the Kohala Mountains, Waimea has some of the most beautiful aesthetics in the world. Bold views of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai volcanoes are visible from many residences.
The “green side” (from approx. the middle of town East) is lush and tropical. Cows and horses can be seen from the main road strolling through rolling green pastures. The “dry side” (from approx. the middle of town West) boasts some of the most magnificent real estate in the world – ocean views, backyard streams, acreage…
A friend of mine describes life in Waimea as “living 15 minutes from Hawaii,” in that the Kohala Coast’s world-class beaches, resorts, and shops are located a short drive down the hill. Additionally, North Hawaii streets are safe and it is common to see kids playing outside.
Big Island Schools Near Waimea Town
With private schools now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year, parents begin their preliminary search for real estate now and get in full-swing by March/April when acceptances are announced.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s “Priority Deadline” for applications is February 1, 2013. After February 1, HPA will accept applications on a space available basis. Read more about HPA admissions information.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy's campus and track
Additional Waimea Schools
There are six other schools in the greater Waimea area including:
- Parker School (private)
- Waimea Country School (private)
- Small World Preschool (private)
- Montessori (private)
- Kanu O Ka Aina (charter)
- Waimea Elementary (public)
- Waimea Middle (public)
Find a Knowledgeable Big Island Realtor
If you have interest in selling your North Hawaii home this year, be sure to take advantage of the start of buying season and connect with a Realtor for a value assessment of your property. Local market values have stabilized and inventory is low in many neighborhoods.
If you are one of the excited parents who have chosen to relocate your family to the Big Island’s charming town of Waimea, be sure to connect with a Realtor who understands the nuances of Hawaii Life in Waimea.