British explorer Captain James Cook met his death at Kealakekua Bay on February 14, 1779 perhaps due to a misunderstanding over the use of a boat.
Today, a white obelisk marks the spot where he died, standing sentinel over the lush coast and its crystal-clear water.
There’s great snorkeling from the coast’s black rock beaches, along with diving and kayaking.
The Captain Cook Monument looks over mile-wide Kealakekua Bay, in Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park on the western Kona coast.
The easiest way to get here is to either paddle in by kayak or take an organized tour.
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