Big Island

Waimea’s Anuenue Playground

Anuenue Means Rainbow

There couldn’t be a better name for our town center’s playground than Anuenue! As I’ve mentioned in a few of my previous blogs – where I live, there are rainbows – that is no joke! Waimea town is where the green and dry areas of South Kohala meet, and that means we experience glorious rainbows all the time.

Rainbow 3 copy

Living on the Big Island in Waimea is special for lots of different reasons. It’s a great place to raise kids – beautiful scenery, nice neighborhoods with excellent educational opportunities nearby. You will also find that real estate inventory tends to be limited, and depending on location, properties do not last long on the market.

This Waimea home for sale on Hokuula Road is a good example and is located in one of the most desirable Waimea locations. One of the reasons Hokuula Road is a favored location is because it’s walking distance to restaurants, the park, and Anuenue Playground.

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Hokuula Road behind Waimea park (MLS# 600791)

Friends of the Future

Originally built in 1992, Anuenue Playground is a project of the non-profit Friends of the Future. This popular and much beloved playground is in need of repair and community support. Friends of the Future is in the process of raising $400,000 in order to repair existing maintenance issues and bring the playground up to current codes. Once updated, Hawaii County will take over maintaining the park, but the group needs to raise the funds to purchase the repair supplies, such as benches and fence pickets. If the repairs are not made, officials will close the playground permanently.

Anuenue Sign

Photography Courtesy of North Hawaii News

Friends of the Future has been working hard to raise funds for this worthy community project and has already received several grants (some of which require matching funds from community donations). So far the group is halfway toward their fundraising goal with a little over $200,000 raised. Depending on the amount donated, you can have a symbol or your name engraved on pillars and posts used in the updating of the playground.


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More Information

For more information on Anuenue Playground and how you can help, go to

If you have any questions about what it is like to live in Waimea or are looking for a home in Waimea or North Kohala, contact me today! I don’t just sell real estate in Waimea – I live here too!

With Aloha!

Julie Keller, RB
Direct: 808.987.7931

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