Waimea—or is it Kamuela?
A Brief History of Waimea
Waimea – or is it Kamuela? And what is South Kohala? Unraveling the multiple and overlapping names is a good beginning for any history of Waimea.
When Hawaii became a United States territory at the turn of the century, “Waimea” referred to both the upland community and the slice of our island, an ahupua’a, stretching from today’s Lakeland to the sea, 10-20 miles long and four to nine miles wide.
Confusing matters more, there were sister communities with the same name on other islands. The postal service demanded a definitive referent. “Kamuela”, Hawaiian for Samuel, was selected, honoring a prominent resident. Later the descriptive “South Kohala was adopted for the larger jurisdictional region.
It is the original name, “Waimea”, however that has remained the heart bound and designate for the town and surrounding area. It’s meaning, reddish water, refers to the tint of the streams after filtering through the hapu’ forests in the Kohala mountains.
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