In Waimea, theatergoers will be impressed by the newish (from 1981) structure built by Richard Smart, heir to the Parker ranch, that now houses his private collection of Broadway memorabilia. The Kahilu Theatre (67-1186 Lindsey Rd., Parker Ranch Shopping Center, 808/885-6868) attracts first-rate local and Mainland performers, like the Martha Graham dance company, internationally known jazz musicians, and master ukulele players. Best of all, tickets are reasonably priced and at times even free for the community events. In addition to the usual season schedule, the theater also hosts community performances, such as the Hawaii youth symphony and sometimes the Waimea Community Theater (65-1224 Lindsey Rd., Parker School Theater, 808/885-5818), which has been performing plays and musicals on the Big Island since 1964.
For less formal entertainment, your best bet in Waimea is the Big Island Brewhaus (Hwy. 19 between mile markers 56 and 57 at intersection of Kamamiu St., 808/887-1717) at their Tuesday and Thursday open mic nights or Friday night for live music—usually a local rock band. The crowd is usually on the younger side and the venue is small, so expect to feel a little claustrophobic.
Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.