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Captain Cook Monument

Hike, kayak or take a boat cruise to the monument celebrating the life of the famous British explorer.

Captain James Cook was the British naval explorer who first brought Europeans to the Hawaiian Islands in 1778. Upon his return a year later, the Hawaiians killed him at the picturesque Kealakekua Bay. A century after he first reached the island, a 27-foot (8-meter) tall monument was erected in his honor. Today the monument is a popular destination for history fans and adventurers alike.

Situated in a remote bay, the monument isn’t easy to reach. The spire stands alone against a rocky cliff, and must be reached by hiking or by sea. Get up early and rent a kayak, the most popular method for reaching the monument. Those who arrive early enough have the chance to see dolphins playing in water nearby, or the iconic Hawaiian sea turtles that the area is known for. You can rent a kayak on the Hawaii Belt Road prior to the turnoff to the bay.

Chartered boats are also available in the area and offer a relaxing alternative to kayaking. Many of these tour operators include lunch in the program. Jump off the boat to experience the excellent snorkeling opportunities. Kealakekua Bay is a marine sanctuary and so fishing is prohibited.

Trek across the rugged landscape to reach the monument by land. The 4.25-mile (7-kilometer) hike takes you through stunning scenery. Reaching the monument is a rewarding experience. Be sure to bring your swimming costume because after this hike you’ll want to cool off in the water.

Kealakekua Bay is located approximately 30 minutes by car from Kailua-Kona. Parking is available at Napo’opo’o Beach, from where you can choose to travel on foot or by boat to reach the monument. There is no fee to visit the Captain Cook Monument.


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Lodging Near Captain Cook Monument

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Manago Hotel

Manago Hotel

82-6155 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook
3.9
of 5, from 144 reviews
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Situated in Captain Cook, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Kona Coffee Living History Farm and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Captain Cook Monument. Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden and H.N. Greenwell Store Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

'hale o Lei...you Will Never Want to Leave!'

'hale o Lei...you Will Never Want to Leave!'

82-6024 Puuhonua Rd, Captain Cook
4.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
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Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kapahukapu Manini Beach and Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative. Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

1BR Dolphin Bay Cottage Best Snorkeling 2 Min Walk

1BR Dolphin Bay Cottage Best Snorkeling 2 Min Walk

82-6289 Kahauloa Road, Captain Cook
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
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Situated by the ocean, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kapahukapu Manini Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Captain Cook Monument are also within 6 mi (10 km).

3BR Dolphin Bay House w/ Fabulous Snorkeling

3BR Dolphin Bay House w/ Fabulous Snorkeling

82-6289 Kahauloa Road, Captain Cook
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kapahukapu Manini Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Captain Cook Monument are also within 6 mi (10 km).

New! 2BR Manini Mermaid Duplex Steps From Beach!

New! 2BR Manini Mermaid Duplex Steps From Beach!

82-6283 Kahauloa Road, Captain Cook
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
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Situated by the ocean, this condo is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kapahukapu Manini Beach and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Captain Cook Monument are also within 6 mi (10 km).

New! Manini Mermaid Studio W/easy Access to Beach!

New! Manini Mermaid Studio W/easy Access to Beach!

82-6283 Kahauloa Road, Captain Cook
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this apartment is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Kapahukapu Manini Beach and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Captain Cook Monument are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Kealakekua Hale:gorgeous, Gated, Tropical Retreat! Very Private Home Near Bay

Kealakekua Hale:gorgeous, Gated, Tropical Retreat! Very Private Home Near Bay

83-497 Keawaiki Road, Captain Cook
4.6
of 5, from 7 reviews
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Situated in Captain Cook, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Kapahukapu Manini Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative. Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and Captain Cook Monument are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Minutes Away From The Dolphins!

Minutes Away From The Dolphins!

82-6169 Kololeke Pl., Captain Cook
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
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Situated in Captain Cook, this apartment is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kona Coffee Living History Farm and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Captain Cook Monument. Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden and H.N. Greenwell Store Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).