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Welcome to the Waimea Preservation Association (WPA), a community-based nonprofit organization committed to preserving the rich heritage of Waimea and supporting a strong and prosperous community.

Our mission is to bring people together to protect and honor the cultural, historical, and natural resources of Waimea. We work tirelessly to preserve the community’s unique identity, foster community engagement, and promote sustainable development.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the WPA’s mission, events, and programs. Whether you are a long-time resident, a visitor, or simply someone who cares about preserving the rich heritage of Waimea, we welcome your support and participation.

Thank you for your interest in the Waimea Preservation Association. Together, we can make a difference and create a strong and prosperous community that we can all be proud of.

Ensuring that Waimea’s heritage is preserved, valued, and protected with its architecture, stories, and historic resources by an engaged community with a strong sense of citizenship. 

Help Us!

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to fulfill our mission. By becoming a member of the WPA, you are helping to ensure that the cultural and natural resources of Waimea are protected for future generations. Your contribution also supports our educational programs, community events, and ongoing preservation efforts.

Black and White photo of Old Waimea.


Friends of Waimea CERT Community Emergency Response. Waime, HI

Friends of Waimea CERT

The mission of Friends of Waimea CERT is to “do the greatest good for the greatest number of people” when a disaster strikes our communities. The Friends of Waimea CERT Program, is administered by the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency (HCCDA), aims to build community resilience. The CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a group of…
Friendly Fridge in Waimea. Shows the fridge outside the WPA Building

Friendly Fridge Waimea

Friendly Fridge Waimea…This is who we are as a community.The FF morphed from the Grab ‘n Go food program which ran during COVID-19 to provide food to those in need. The Fridge is open 24/7 every day of the year and is stocked by caring people, KTA, Starbucks, and local restaurants with extra food, canned…
Historic Spencer House from the front.

Historic Spencer House

“One of Waimea’s oldest buildings, the Spencer House, survives to this day at the Waimea Center entrance close to McDonald’s. Built mid-nineteenth century by William French, an early local businessman. the Spencer House has included a hotel, restaurant, gift store, real estate office, Attorney’s office, and non-profit organizations. Waimea Preservation Association has been involved in…

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