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Kealakekua is a small village on Hawai’i’s Big Island’s western coast, bordered by the volcanic mountains, Mauna Loa and Pōhaku Hanalei, to the east and the scenic Kealakekua Bay to the southwest. Visit Kealakekua Bay to discover an astonishing underwater world filled with tropical fish and coral and to see a significant historical site on the waterfront.
Kealakekua Bay is a scenic cove naturally protected by the headland that juts out from the village border. The bay is a Marine Life Conservation District and can only be reached by foot, boat or kayak. Hike from the main road and traverse a one-hour trail through volcanic rock and tall grasses down to the cove. Make sure to bring your snorkel gear, plenty of water and good hiking shoes.
Explore the clear waters by snorkeling, scuba diving or kayaking. See schools of tropical sea life and, if you’re lucky, spinner dolphins leaping out of the water.
Find the Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park and a historic monument to the site where British explorer Captain James Cook first landed on the Big Island in the late 18th century. A white obelisk marks the site of his arrival and commemorates his death, which occurred nearby only a year later. East of the bay, find a Hikiau Heiau, or sacred temple, in honor of the Hawai’ian god, Lono.
Back in Kealakekua village, discover the island’s pioneering heritage at the Kona Historical Society and Kona Coffee Living History Farm. This museum presents a fascinating glimpse of ranching life at the turn of the 19th century and explores the history behind Hawai’i’s most revered brew of coffee.
Kealakekua village is 10.3 miles (16.5 kilometers) south from Kailua in the Kona region. The bay is 6.2 miles (9.9 kilometers) farther southeast from the village.Accommodation in Kealakekua
There are only a few places to stay in Kealakekua on the Expedia lodging page, so you would be wise to book well ahead of time.
Situated near the beach in Kealakekua, this guesthouse is close to Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden and Captain Cook Monument. Also nearby are H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and Greenwell Farms.
Situated near the beach, this romantic bed & breakfast is 0.9 mi (1.5 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 H.N. Greenwell Store Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Kona Coffee Living History Farm and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and Captain Cook Monument are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is close to H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Aloha Performing Arts Center, and Greenwell Farms. Also nearby are Kona Boys Inc and Fire Island Glass Studio.
Situated in Honalo, this condo building is close to Kona Joe Coffee Farm, Aloha Theatre, and Fire Island Glass Studio. Local attractions also include Kona Boys Inc and Lekeleke Burial Grounds.
Situated in Kealakekua, this bed & breakfast is close to Aloha Performing Arts Center, Kona Boys Inc, and Fire Island Glass Studio. Also nearby are H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and Greenwell Farms.
Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is close to H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Greenwell Farms, and Kona Coffee Living History Farm. Also nearby are Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden and Aloha Performing Arts Center.
Royal Kona Resort is perched on the edge of Kailua Bay, just a 10-minute walk from the fishing village of Kailua-Kona. It’s 11 minutes on foot to Hulihee Palace, and a 20-minute drive south to the Captain Cook Monument. Kona International Airport is also a 20-minute drive.