The Big Island of Hawaii is known for volcanoes, waterfalls and beautiful beaches, but did you also know that the “First Lady of Ranching” in Hawaii was also from the Big Island? If you follow my blogs, you know I am about getting out and about on the islands to learn the cultural and history of each island. I recently had the opportunity to visit The Anna Ranch Heritage Center and wanted to share this special place with you.
Who was the “First Lady of Ranching ” in Hawaii ?
Why visit Anna Ranch Heritage Center during your visit to the Big Island ?
Visitors to Anna’s ranch will be able to watch blacksmithing,woodworking and saddle making demonstrations and have the opportunity to participate in some of the activities. A new self guided Discovery Trail about the ranch will take about 30 minutes and will feature educational interpretive panels highlighting historical,cultural and botanical sights of the property. Visitors will tour the fourteen room historic ranch home with a collection of Hawaiian Koa wood furniture,china,fine millinery and other treasures. The ranch was originally purchased in 1848 by Englishman James Fay and his Hawaiian chiefly wife Ka’ipukai and was in the same ranching family for five generations. The ranch sits on 110 lush green acres in Waimea,the former training grounds for the warriors in Kamehameha the Great’s army. Listed on both the National and State Registers of Historical Places.
The Anna Ranch Heritage Center is a wonderful location for an outdoor wedding the warm and friendly staff can assist you and guide you through the planning process . From the Orange Tree Grove for 100+ guest ,Anna’s Garden can accommodate weddings up to 500 guest , Salvia Garden seats 50-60 guests, Wai’au’ia Stream seats 40 guests, The Knoll seats 50-80 guests and Anna’s Hall seats 60-80 guests , cocktail style 100 guests so as you can see there are many options available to you. The center works with a variety of caterers and Waimea Party Rentals and Big Island Tents can help you create your magical wedding. If you are looking for a unique , historic venue , surrounded by lush green valleys, a stream running through the property and beautiful gardens throughout The Anna Ranch Heritage Center would be worth you checking out .
The Anna Ranch Heritage Center is a 501c3 private Non-Profit Organization for Cultural & Historical Education
Website http://www.annaranch.org/ Phone (808) 885-4426 Located 65-1480 Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, HI 96743