Where You Live Extra: Waimea vs. KamuelaUPDATED 11:20 AM HST Jan 31, 2014Video Transcript
We're happy to bring back Our "Where You Live" segment... Featuring THE PEOPLE AND PLACES that make Hawaii so unique. This morning we're taking you to Waimea. A small town -- halfway between Kailua-Kona and Hilo.. and at high elevation! Last census count -- just over 7-thousand people, living 25-hundred feet up. With it's rolling green hills, cool climate and rich ranching history, it's the place where the Hawaiian cowboy - the Paniolo - came to be! And there's always a debate over what it's REALLY called - is it Waimea or Kamuela? Here's what we found out... THE STORY GOES THAT THE POST MASTER WAS ESTABLISHING US POST OFFICES HERE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII AND HE HAD ALREADY HAD A COUPLE OF WAIMEAS, AND HE NEEDED SOMETHING UNIQUE FOR THIS AREA AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO DO ANOTHER WAIMEA, HE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. AND SAMUEL PARKER, WHO WAS VERY INFLUENTIAL IN GOVERNEMNT AND LIVED IN THE AREA, HE ASKED HIM WHAT SHOULD WE DO? AND HE SAID OH, WHY DON'T YOU NAME IT AFTER ME? KAMUELA! SO THAT'S KINDA HOW THE AREA GOT THAT NAME KAMUELA, BUT FOR THOSE WHO LIVE HERE, IT'S JUST WHAT THE POST OFFICE IS CALLED. And there you have it! "Samuel" translates to Kamuela in Hawaiian. But people who live there say make no mistake the name is Waimea. And Waimea in Hawaiian means "reddish water" - and that's for the three streams that flow through that area.