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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

Manago Hotel

82-6155 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook
     
    3.9
    of 5, from 206 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Captain Cook, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Kona Coffee Living History Farm and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Captain Cook Monument. Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden and Kealakekua Bay are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Come Now, Once IN A Lifetime Volcanic Veiwing, Swim W Dolphins Great Vacation
    Come Now, Once IN A Lifetime Volcanic Veiwing, Swim W Dolphins Great Vacation

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    , Captain Cook
       
      5.0
      of 5, from 2 reviews
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      Situated in Captain Cook, this historic vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park and Kapahukapu Manini Beach. Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative and Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Come Now, Once IN A Lifetime Volcanic Veiwing Swim W Dolphins Great Vacation
      Come Now, Once IN A Lifetime Volcanic Veiwing Swim W Dolphins Great Vacation

      Come Now, Once IN A Lifetime Volcanic Veiwing Swim W Dolphins Great Vacation

      , Captain Cook
         
        4.8
        of 5, from 4 reviews
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        Nestled on the beach, this Captain Cook vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park and Kapahukapu Manini Beach. Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary and Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Private House by the Kona Coast 3br/3ba, Walking Distance to Beach, Snorkeling Right in Front, With Dolphin & Whale Sightings, in Kealakekua Bay
        Private House by the Kona Coast 3br/3ba, Walking Distance to Beach, Snorkeling Right in Front, With Dolphin & Whale Sightings, in Kealakekua Bay

        Private House by the Kona Coast 3br/3ba, Walking Distance to Beach, Snorkeling Right in Front, With Dolphin & Whale Sightings, in Kealakekua Bay

        , Captain Cook
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 1 reviews
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Captain Cook, this beach vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Kapahukapu Manini Beach and Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

          Kaikanani - Three Bedroom Home
          Kaikanani - Three Bedroom Home

          Kaikanani - Three Bedroom Home

          82-6017 Manini Beach Rd., Captain Cook
             
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Kapahukapu Manini Beach and Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

            1BR Dolphin Bay Cottage Best Snorkeling 2 Min Walk
            1BR Dolphin Bay Cottage Best Snorkeling 2 Min Walk

            1BR Dolphin Bay Cottage Best Snorkeling 2 Min Walk

            , Captain Cook
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 3 reviews
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated by the ocean, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Kapahukapu Manini Beach and Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

              3BR Dolphin Bay House w/ Fabulous Snorkeling
              3BR Dolphin Bay House w/ Fabulous Snorkeling

              3BR Dolphin Bay House w/ Fabulous Snorkeling

              , Captain Cook
                 
                5.0
                of 5, from 2 reviews
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Kapahukapu Manini Beach and Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

                Right on the Bay, Clean, Cozy, Eco-friendly, 2br, 5 Bed, Wifi, Cable TV. Nirvana
                Right on the Bay, Clean, Cozy, Eco-friendly, 2br, 5 Bed, Wifi, Cable TV. Nirvana

                Right on the Bay, Clean, Cozy, Eco-friendly, 2br, 5 Bed, Wifi, Cable TV. Nirvana

                , Captain Cook
                   
                  4.9
                  of 5, from 26 reviews
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Nestled on the beach, this Captain Cook vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Kapahukapu Manini Beach and Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.