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Anna Ranch Heritage Center, Waimea

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  • Right off the highway. We lucked -- we happened to be there between group tours, but the guide was nice enough to give us an individual tour.  more »
  • Our fabulous docent, Barbara, was so knowledgable about Anna, her family, the ranch, and ranching practices in Hawaii that it brought the history and the place to life. My husband and I thoroughly enj...  more »
  • We decided to stop here after reading many positive reviews, but found the ranch inexplicably closed. There were several cars in the parking lot, but the only life forms moving around spoke cow. We tr...  more »
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  • Anna Ranch is the real deal, an authentic Hawaiian cowboy experience. Living nearby, I always appreciate its Hawaiian heritage when I pass (which is often, en route to the grocery store or post office), and particularly treasure its poinsettia hedge which blooms gloriously each winter around the Christmas holidays. The Hawaiian word for 'cowboy' is 'paniolo.' Walking through the rooms of the ranch house and touring the property with a docent offered a memorable experience of genuine local history. I suggest a visit to all of my guests (as the unofficial tour guide for many guests). Anna Ranch offers a glimpse of paniolo life in old Hawaii. The ranch has operated since the early 19th century, but was made famous by Anna Perry-Fiske (née Anna Leialoha Lindsey). Anna (1900-1995) is and was a venerable institution in Waimea. She created a successful ranch (her childhood home) after her parents died in 1939. Performing all of the duties of the ranch, she worked to pay off debts, improve the ranch, and become a noted benefactor to the community. A founder of (and major donor to) Hawai'i Preparatory Academy (HPA), Anna contributed the proceeds from her "Old Hawai'i on Horseback" shows to the Hawaii American Heart Association chapter. In 1983, she was named its most generous individual donor. The ranch house has been restored to 1939 condition (the year Anna took over the ranch) and contains ancient Hawaiian artifacts that have been found on site, and the belongings of at least three generations. Anna's dining table, her parents' dining table, and her grandparents' dining table were all put to regular use in Anna's fund-raising efforts. Learning about Anna was fascinating, as was viewing the tools, saddles, clothing, living rooms, outstanding collection of koa (furniture, bowls, other implements), china, art, victorian furniture and more. The outbuildings reflect the working ranch, and house a saddle maker and a blacksmith. The gift shop sells items made on the ranch. Anna Ranch occupies a gorgeous setting. As you wander around the property, posted signs with illustrations and accurate information enrich your visit, and your understanding of the Big Island.
  • Wonderful place for weddings.
  • I'm a wedding photographer here on the big Island, and Anna's ranch is one of my absolute favorite places to shoot. The setting is absolutely breathtaking, and the diversity of the immediate surroundings always make shooting there a unique experience. Fields, hills, flowers, rustic buildings, and that AMAZING Waimea light. PERFECT!
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