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The 4-Mile Captain Cook Trail Leads Adventurers To A Unique Slice Of Hawaiian History

Captain Cook Monument is famous and is located in Kealakekua Bay a famous snorkeling spot on the Big Island.

Hawaii is an amazingly beautiful place.  After you’ve joined our friendly and informative crew for a snorkel or manta ray tour you might want to check out other land based adventures.  Our snorkel tours are located at Kealakekua Bay which is home of the Captain Cook Monument  and is one of the best ways to view the monument.  Megan Shute for Only In Your State covers some of the history of Captain Cook.

From the first Europeans visiting the islands in 1778 and the establishment of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1795 to Hawaii’s admittance to the United States of America in 1959, the Hawaiian Islands are steeped in history — and sites full of history. And while some of the islands’ most fascinating historic sites are easy to visit, others — like this monument — require a bit more effort.

Captain Cook, the British explorer who discovered the Hawaiian Islands in 1778 sailed into Hawaii Island’s Kealakekua Bay on January 17, 1779.
Thinking they were returning gods, the Hawaiians gave them a warm welcome and held a feast in their honor, but a month later, Captain Cook was killed in a conflict between his crew and the locals.
A 27-foot white obelisk was erected in honor of the well-known seafarer in 1878. Encircled by a chain supported by cannonballs, this is the only British territory in the United States.
The one-of-a-kind landmark is accessible on foot, by kayak, or on a boat tour and today, we’re highlighting the epic 4-mile trail that traverses 1,300 feet of elevation to reach the monument.
This 4-mile trail might not be as adventurous as the Captain’s travels once were, but you will be surrounded by rugged ground, high cliffs, lush vegetation, and the crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Uneven, steep, and rock-strewn, you’ll want to wear sturdy shoes and a hat and make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and snacks.
You can expect to hike for two to four hours, and though long, the views found along this trail certainly are stunning — just don’t forget your camera.

Whether you’re an avid hiker or enjoy exploring Hawaii’s history, the Captain Cook Monument Trail is sure to impress.


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