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Kamuela named among best U.S. beach towns

By Erika Engle


Parents magazine has named Kamuela, on Hawaii island, the No. 8 beach town in the U.S.

The name Kamuela, (or Waimea, to many kamaaina) evokes mental images of fog-blanketed green pastures populated by horses and cattle, and rolling, verdant hills known by the area’s paniolo, or cowboys. It is the home of the famed Parker Ranch.

Parents magazine actually discusses Hapuna Beach State Park, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which are several minutes’ drive from Kamuela town, but which are on the beach, and are technically in Kamuela, according to their mailing addresses and telephone prefixes.

The Parents magazine top 10 list is topped by No. 1 Hilton Head Island, So. Carolina; Coronado, Calif., St. Pete Beach, Fla.; Falmouth, Mass., and No. 5, Cape May, N.J.


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Kaluu wrote:
Postal Service needs dictated many changes that offend na kamaaina. Problem was, the old names of many Hawaii locations are identical. The most offensive to me is the big demand to call the Island of Hawaii, "the big island," a tourism-promotion gimmick that hasn't worked. Presumably, humans are too s t u p I d to use context to distinguish. A glaring exception, of course, is, New York, New York, which doesn't give anyone a bit of trouble. Another that grates is Kailua-Kona, but Kailua on Oahu gets a pass and doesn't need to be, "Kailua--whatever the name of that district. So, the name, "Samuel" in Hawaiian (Kamuela) has to replace the ancient and cherished name, "Waimea." Wouldn't it be simpler to restore the favored old names and distinguish for mail-sorting purposes by zip code alone? As for this article, is it really "several minutes" from downtown Samuel (Parker) to Hapuna or a little more than that?
on May 6,2013 | 08:22AM
TheKagawas wrote:
Shouldn't a "Beach Town" be adjacent to an actual beach? The nearest Beach to Kamuela is Hapuna beach but that's more than 12 miles away... Not quite walking distance! Just sayin'
on May 6,2013 | 08:25AM
primo1 wrote:
Nice to be recognized, but obviously they got it wrong...Kamuela is not a beach town.
on May 6,2013 | 08:51AM
Psyche wrote:
i'd prefer them NOT recognizing any of our treasured small towns at all. They need to keep their grubby paws away.
on May 6,2013 | 09:02AM
Bully wrote:
Oahu has the best beaches, the magazine was probably paid off by the hotels in the Hapuna area.
on May 6,2013 | 09:07AM
Macadamiamac wrote:
Eh! No mo beach o'va dere. Whassamatta you, baka?
on May 6,2013 | 09:09AM
false wrote:
Maybe it was meant to be Waimea Bay
on May 6,2013 | 09:39AM
bigislandkurt wrote:
If you are related to a Kaniho, a Bertelman, or a Lindsey, you are certified Waimea. And from what they tell me, "Kamela" is the name of the post office. Waimea is the name of the town.
on May 6,2013 | 10:01AM
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