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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.
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.
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Situated near the beach in Kealakekua, this romantic bed & breakfast is close to H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Captain Cook Monument, and Kona Coffee Living History Farm. Also nearby are Greenwell Farms and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden.
Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Greenwell Farms and Fire Island Glass Studio. Kona Coffee Living History Farm and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Kealakekua, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Greenwell Farms, and Fire Island Glass Studio. Aloha Theatre and Kona Joe Coffee Farm are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated by the ocean, this guesthouse is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Kona Coffee Living History Farm and 2.1 mi (3.4 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 by the ocean, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from H.N. Greenwell Store Museum and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Captain Cook Monument. Kona Coffee Living History Farm and Greenwell Farms are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Honalo, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aloha Theatre and Kona Joe Coffee Farm. Fire Island Glass Studio and H.N. Greenwell Store Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
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.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is located near an active volcano, snow capped mountains, and marine activities. You can observe majestic manta rays at Rays on the Bay, and enjoy the 200-foot lava tube water slide, hot tubs and children’s play area.