Where You Live Extra: Waimea vs. Kamuela

By Yunji de Nies
Published On: Jan 31 2014 11:36:12 AM HST

In this Where You Live Extra, the debate rages on about whether it's Waimea or Kamuela.

WAIMEA, Hawaii -

Waimea has rolling green hills, a cool climate and a rich ranching history.  It's the place where the Hawaiian cowboy -- the Paniolo -- came to be!

There's also always a debate about what the area is really called.  Is it Waimea or Kamuela?

Nahua Guilloz from Parker Ranch tells us the history of the names.

"The story goes that the postmaster was establishing us Post Offices here in the State of Hawaii and he had already had a couple of Waimeas, and he needed something unique for this area, and he didn't want to do another Waimea," said Guilloz.  "He wanted to do something different.  And Samuel Parker, who was very influential in government and lived in the area, he asked him what should we do?  And he said, why don't you name it after me?  Kamuela!  So that's kinda how the area got that name Kamuela, but for those who live here, it's just what the Post Office is called."

"Samuel" translates to Kamuela in Hawaiian.  But, the people who lives there say the name is Waimea.

Waimea in Hawaiian means "reddish water" and that's for the three streams that flow through that area.

Click here to read about the longer story of Waimea. 

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