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The Most Criminally Overlooked Town In Hawaii And Why You Need To Visit

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

Megan Shute for Only In Your State on the charming and often overlooked town of Captain Cook.  Our snorkel tour will sail you out to the beautiful and popular Kealakekua Bay where the Captain Cook Monument is located and the view from the Hoku Nui is excellent!

If you’ve been wondering about things to do in Captain Cook, Hawaii, wonder no more! Where is Captain Cook? It’s located just 12 miles south of the famous Kailua-Kona, and it is a lovely Hawaiian town that is – unfortunately – all too often overlooked for more resort-saturated spots along Hawaii Island’s Kona Coast. Captain Cook, a small town with a population of just 4,300 individuals, is full of Hawaiian history and plenty of charm. Whether you live on Hawaii Island, or are simply on vacation, you will certainly not regret a day spent exploring this picturesque and historic little Hawaiian town. Here are just 11 of the most incredible places to visit and things to do in Captain Cook, Hawaii.

1. Captain Cook Monument

2. The Coffee Shack

3. Kaaloa’s Super J’s

Often recognized as being as local as you can get, this Captain Cook eatery serves up delicious, authentic Hawaiian food in a no-frills atmosphere. The eatery is so good it is constantly lauded as some of the best in Hawaii!

4. Pu‘Uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park

5. Ka’Awaloa Trail

7. Kealakekua Bay

8. St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church

St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church, 338 E 17th St, Covington, KY 41014, USA

9. The Manago Hotel + Restaurant

10. Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary

With expansive walking paths, panoramic views, and tropical plants galore, the Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary is the ultimate place to simply relax.

11. Napoopoo Park


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