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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.

Popular Activities at Captain Cook Monument

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$99 Summer Rates! Steps From Bay! Swim With Dolphins!
$99 Summer Rates! Steps From Bay! Swim With Dolphins!

$99 Summer Rates! Steps From Bay! Swim With Dolphins!

Captain Cook, HI
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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).

    $96 Summer Rates, Steps From Kealakekua Bay, Ocean Views, Swim With Dolphins!
    $96 Summer Rates, Steps From Kealakekua Bay, Ocean Views, Swim With Dolphins!

    $96 Summer Rates, Steps From Kealakekua Bay, Ocean Views, Swim With Dolphins!

    Captain Cook, HI
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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).

      1950's Hawaiian Style Cottage
      1950's Hawaiian Style Cottage

      1950's Hawaiian Style Cottage

      Captain Cook, Hawaii
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the waterfront, this historic cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Kapahukapu Manini Beach, Kealakekua Bay, and Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

        Heavenly Beach Retreat!!! YOU Will Never Want TO Leave, Always Want TO Return!!
        Heavenly Beach Retreat!!! YOU Will Never Want TO Leave, Always Want TO Return!!

        Heavenly Beach Retreat!!! YOU Will Never Want TO Leave, Always Want TO Return!!

        Captain Cook, HI
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Captain Cook vacation home is located on the waterfront, 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).

          82-6017 Manini Beach Rd Home 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home
          82-6017 Manini Beach Rd Home 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home

          82-6017 Manini Beach Rd Home 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home

          82-6017 Manini Beach Rd, Captain Cook, HI
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Captain Cook, 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.

            Summer Special! A Beautiful Home W/ocean Views--family Walk to Manini Beach!
            Summer Special! A Beautiful Home W/ocean Views--family Walk to Manini Beach!

            Summer Special! A Beautiful Home W/ocean Views--family Walk to Manini Beach!

            Captain Cook, HI
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Captain Cook vacation home is located on the waterfront, 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.

              Beautiful Large Home -just Steps From Ocean!
              Beautiful Large Home -just Steps From Ocean!

              Beautiful Large Home -just Steps From Ocean!

              Captain Cook, Hawaii
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Kapahukapu Manini Beach, Kealakekua Bay, and Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

                Beach Front Kealakekua Bay
                Beach Front Kealakekua Bay

                Beach Front Kealakekua Bay

                Captain Cook, HI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the waterfront, this romantic vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Kapahukapu Manini Beach, Kealakekua Bay, and Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away.