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Anna Ranch – A Special Landmark in Waimea

Iconic Landmark

Located at 65-1480 Kawaihae Road, Anna Ranch Heritage Center is one of Waimea’s special gems. Named after Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske, a remarkable and accomplished pa’u rider, cowgirl, humanitarian, and community leader. Anna’s ranch house, was built more than 100 years ago at the base of Hoku‘ula – a landmark hill in Waimea.

Photography by Peter French

First Lady of Ranching

Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske was known as the “First Lady of Ranching” in Hawaii and her family owned the 110-acre ranch for five generations. Born in 1900, she grew up learning to rope, ride, and mend fences. She went on to take over the family ranch after her father passed away. Anna brought new breeds of cattle to the island and implemented groundbreaking ranching practices while managing the ranch. A truly unique and gifted woman, she was also a socialite known for her social gatherings and fundraisers.

Heritage Center

After Anna passed away at the age of 95, the property was turned into a Heritage Center at her request, showcasing the Paniolo heritage of the region and Anna’s family. The spacious and meticulously maintained grounds feature a variety of flowers and trees, and a stream borders the back of the property. It is listed on both the Hawaii State and National Registers of Historic Places.

View of the stream behind Anna Ranch looking toward Hoku’ula, aka “Buster Brown”

About the Ranch

The property features the main 14-room historic ranch house; Anna Hall, a newer detached building that can seat 70 people and has a full kitchen complete with wireless internet; as well as, several outbuildings including a barn featuring an array of western antiques. With stunning views of Kohala’s rolling hills, it’s easy to see why Anna’s Ranch is also a popular wedding venue.

Photography by Peter French

Guided Tours

The non-profit Center is open year-round for tours. Historical tours of the property are offered every Wednesday at 10:00am and 1:00pm for $10 (times and dates subject to change), as well as, educational activities where people can learn about blacksmithing and saddle making. Plus, the Center offers a variety of weekly classes, including lei making, meditation, art and more.

Photography by Peter French

Anna’s Ranch is truly a great community resource and a cherished historic property! It is one of the many special places that make Waimea life so enjoyable. To learn more about Anna’s Ranch, go to www.annaranch.org.

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