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Tip: This town on the Big Island is also known as "Kamuela."
Life on Kaua`i is heavily influenced by its lack of anything close to a city. Its small towns—really more like neighborhoods—are slow-paced, interconnected and unassuming. Waimea, at the gateway to Waimea Canyon, is all that and more.
The community’s dedication to its rich heritage has not gone unnoticed. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has included this west side town on its short list of a dozen U.S. destinations that have “lovingly” preserved their communities.
Located just far enough from major visitor destinations and the seat of politics and commerce in Lihu`e, this community tends to fend for itself. Sugar and taro are still cultivated and thrive along side tourism, genetically engineered crops, rocket launches at the nearby naval base and high tech industries housed in the West Kauai Visitor and Technology Center on the outskirts of town.
Waimea is the site of one of Hawaii’s most significant events. It was here, in 1778, that British navigator, Captain James Cook, came upon Kaua`i and discovered the Hawaiian Islands for the western world.
– courtesy of 101 Things To Do