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Hike to Captain Cook Monument

 Kealakekua Bay | Hike to Captain Cook Monument | Manini Beach

City of Refuge / Pu`uhonua o Honaunau | Honaunau Bay a/k/a "Two Step"


A short drive south of Kona and a beautiful hike leads you to one of the most historically significant sites in Hawaii as well as some breath taking snorkeling.

Drive aproximately 10 miles south of Kona on Hwy. 11 to Napoopoo Rd. Turn right and you'll see the roadside parking about 50 yards down the road. Look for the three coconut trees and the markings on the road.


Mahalo to Rick Bramm- Edmonton, Canada

 


Mahalo to Rick Bramm- Edmonton, Canada

The hike will take you through tall grass, lava fields, and dense forest, ending at one of the most pristine beaches on the coast. Be advised that this trail gets rough and strenuous in places. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring along plenty of water. There can be livestock present, along with their droppings and you may spot an occasional wild pig. This information is not intended to discourage anyone from from taking this beautiful and rewarding hike- just be prepared and consider whether or not you want to take small children along.


Mahalo to Rick Bramm- Edmonton, Canada


Mahalo to Rick Bramm- Edmonton, Canada


Mahalo to Rick Bramm- Edmonton, Canada

The monument itself is erected on the site of Capt. James Cook's landing in 1778. His relationship with the natives eventually led to a skirmish and he was killed near this spot in 1779. (See Kealakekua Bay Page 2 for more.)


Mahalo to Rick Bramm- Edmonton, Canada

 

Kealakekua Bay | Hike to Captain Cook Monument | Manini Beach

City of Refuge / Pu`uhonua o Honaunau | Honaunau Bay a/k/a "Two Step"

 

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