Waimea has a Hawaiian landscape unlike any other – it is a largely rural area where cattle still graze among the green, rolling hills. Today, working cattle ranches dot the landscape, along with cozy art studios and award-winning restaurants. Outdoor recreational opportunities are available for dogs in the area.
The Waimea Nature Park features an ulu la’au, a garden of trees. Open from 7 am to 5:30 pm daily, the 10 acres of space has been turned into a haven for research, education, and ecosystem restoration. Invasive plant species have been removed and replaced with native Hawaiian plants, making this park one-of-a-kind in the area.
The local farmers’ market also allows on-leash dogs. The Waimea Town Market and the Homestead Farmers Market take place between 7 am and 2 pm on Saturday, while the Waimea Mid-Week Market at the Pukalani Stables is open all day on Wednesday. Check out the delicious local meats, cheeses, and produce, as well as unique items like orchids, jewelry, and jam.
When you’re done exploring all Waimea has to offer, stop in for a cool drink at the Big Island Brewhaus. This local favorite features Mexican steaks, salads, vegetarian options, and locally-brewed beer on tap. The lanai welcomes on-leash, friendly dogs, and the servers have a reputation for taking special care of four-legged friends!