Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Jane D
Madison, WI144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Some Hawaiin residents told us aboout this beautiful small park where you have a view across the bay of the Captain Cook Memorial. Locals hang out here. You pass the way to the painted church so we went there afterwards.
Written January 11, 2020
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packedandready2go
California974 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The drive down from the main highway is beautiful with lots of lush foliage. There are two ways to enter the water if you want to snorkel. One way is on the northern side near the state park small building. You have to make your way over loads of slippery rocks here. The other way is where the kayaks enter the water. On the side closest to the bay there is a narrow passage where you can go down to the water's edge to don your snorkel fins. Though short be forewarned that it is steep getting out of the water and you might need to pull yourself up by the blue rope on the right hand side. The snorkeling is good with lots of large tropical fish. I even saw a huge moray eel. I did not spot huge schools of fish. On the other hand there were very few other snorkelers. The scenery is beautiful and historic.
Written March 17, 2023
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subterranean_jack
Phoenix522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This was historically a place of sanctuary, and it exudes calmness and peacefulness. If you're yearning to escape the tourist traps, this is the perfect place to relax. Very scenic stop for an hour, just to walk around. Nice gift shop too.
Written April 6, 2023
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BuccaneerDave
Nanaimo, Canada6,644 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
Parked just off the highway and hiked down the path and down the hill to the Captain Cook Monument. Great spot. Very picturesque. I'd recommend good walking shoes and not flip flops as you end up walking on crushed lava after you go through the 'jungle'.

I didn't snorkel but others in the group did. From my shoreside vantage point saw schools of yellow tang in the water everywhere. Lots of colourful fish visible from the pier.

Others in our grup talked about the great visibility and lots of fish and especially coral to be seen. Another group of snorkellers were following a 6' reef shark.

Hike on the way back is a bit steep for the first third so taking it slow and easy is the best suggestion.

A great spot to visit but you do need to be a bit fit, have good foot wear and bring all your essentials (food, water, hat, sunscreen, you know, the essentials)
Written April 3, 2013
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404HappyTraveller
Saskatchewan, Canada481 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is at the end of an interesting and pretty drive down from coffee country to the ocean’s edge. It’s a really pretty bay, and one can see why the ancient Hawaiians revered this spot. There’s a bit of local history on some historical markers with some interesting old photographs, and there were a few people in the water, but mostly it was a great place to just stand at the water’s edge and gaze out over the bay. You can see the Captain Cook Memorial Marker out along the edge of the bay, but it’s not accessible from the harbour.
Written February 22, 2020
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Bill C
Hillsborough, NH304 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
We found this spot by chance (“I wonder where that road goes”). It is a nice little park with restrooms and a picnic area. I wish there was more information about the heiau at the site. I looked it up later and found it has an interesting story. It was built as a luakini (human sacrifice) heiau. It was originally more than 250 feet long and 100 feet wide. A smaller stone platform is built on top of the main platform and is believed to have been the location of the lele (altar). This was the spot where Captain Cook first met with the Hawaiian chiefs in 1778. When we were there, there were small crabs scurrying around the rocks. Others have reported dolphins here, but we did not see any. The Captain Cook monument is visible across the bay.
Written November 3, 2015
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molelady
Florence, KY304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
The bay is beautiful and snorkeling here is great. If you kayak over to the Captain Cook memorial you can stand on the spot where he was killed. Snorkeling at that spot is really good. In the state park there is an historic site of worship here where it is rumored human sacrifice had occurred. We spotted whales at this site.
Written March 12, 2015
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Anna M
Encinitas, CA575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
We spent the morning snorkeling at Two Steps, a reef just before the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Monument. We decided to drive to the end of the road (#160 off #11) to see the monument erected to Capt. Cooke where he was killed. The road ends and we were in the State Park! We looked across the bay and spotted the tall white spire. The only way to access the monument is by kayak or boat or a very long swim. We stayed on shore and cruised around the tiny park. There are bathrooms, a picnic area, a sacred Hawaiian stone heiau which is off limits, and nice shady grass. No beach here,the waves crash up onto the very rocky shore. It is a picturesque spot. Good snorkeling, but enter the bay where they rent kayaks....safer.
Written February 26, 2015
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BurienTraveler2014
Burien, WA2,071 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
This park needs more road signs lol. After a long windy road drive, we found it. I really wanted to go swimming here. The water was so beautiful. However, with my bad knees, no way. The only way you could get to the beach was to walk over large rock like boulders. Also, their was no lifeguard on duty either. We saw a people who had managed to rock over the large rocks. Lucky them. On the backside of the restrooms, was this amazing garden. I took so many pictures of the beautiful bright colored flowers and some of the strangest looking plants I have ever seen. I even tried getting pictures of these little yellow birds and bright colored butterflies, but they where all too fast . This was a beautiful park that offered a covered picnic area, restrooms, beautiful plants in a garden and bright blue water to swim in. I just wish their was a better walking path to get to the water. If you get the chance I hope you visit this place , it's beautiful.
Written October 2, 2014
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RosalieGutz
Honolulu, HI50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Friends
I was eager to visit the place we've sung about forever in the Don Ho song, "I wanna go back to my little grass shack in Kealakeeua, Hawaii!" It was a beautiful place, and the ride to the bay was so scenic!! The beach was gorgeous and the bay was awesome. There were restroom facilities that were very clean and well stocked. We were across the bay from the Capt. Cook statue so we didn't get to see it but I don't feel like I missed out.
Written April 8, 2013
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