Embrace the natural beauty of Waimea at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center, where you’ll also discover the essence of Old Hawaii. Listed on the National and State Registries of Historic Places, this restored ranch house is a must-visit for history buffs. There’s no better way to learn about the incredible contributions the Lindsey family has made to the Big Island over the course of several generations.
At the center of this story? An iconic figure known as Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske. Often referred to as the First Lady of Ranching, the Anna behind the name ‘Anna Ranch’ was a truly innovative rancher in her time. Trained in ranch work as a young child, she took over the property after her father’s death and rescued the operation when it was on the brink of bankruptcy. Later, she introduced new breeds to Hawaii, as well as important techniques for ridding her property of problematic weeds.
During your tour, you’ll become well-acquainted with the ranch house and its former occupants. The home’s vast archives include all kinds of records, photographs, and household items that tell the fascinating story of the Lindsey family and their head cowgirl. More importantly, however, the docent has an unrivaled knowledge of the ranch’s history, along with the inside details on all those who have lived and worked there over the years.
Private group tours are available if you’re willing to make special arrangements. This takes the Anna Ranch experience to a whole new level, adding exclusive demonstrations from an acclaimed onsite blacksmith to the mix. Your group could also attend a private lesson with a renowned artist.
There’s a lot to love about the ranch house’s interior, but your visit won’t be complete if you don’t stroll the grounds. Rolling hills and gorgeous flowers make this a wonderfully picturesque setting. Snap a few photos and enjoy the visual beauty of Waimea’s cattle country.
Discover a whole new side of Big Island living at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center. A short house tour will expose you to intriguing stories that will shape your understanding of the Waimea area. No historic attraction quite captures the quaint charm and natural beauty of this destination; don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.
-Tours are exclusively available by reservation — so plan ahead. The official tour only occurs on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, but it’s worth your while to carve out some time in your schedule. If possible, plan to reserve your tour at least 72 hours in advance to ensure that a spot will be available.
-Anna Ranch works with Big Island Bike Tours to provide exciting expeditions that combine cultural insight with a great workout. During your tour, you can ride across the Kohakohau Stream and stop at a lovely vista point, where you’ll enjoy a snack and hear entertaining anecdotes about the ranch — and the Waimea area in general.