Captain Cook Monument

Captain Cook Monument
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Address Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, HI 96704
A white obelisk monument that memorializes Captain James Cook, the first westerner to land in Hawaii.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Educational • General: Photo Opportunity • Sightseeing: Great Views • Tours: Self Guided
• Cultural & Historical: Memorials / Statues

The Captain Cook Monument is here to to honor the life of Captain James Cook (see The History of Captain James Cook) who was the first westerner to ever land on the Big Island of Hawaii back in 1778. Cook was a British explorer and after a skirmish with the Hawaiians only a year after landing here was killed.

A white obelisk located on the shores of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park memorializes his death. Getting here isn't the easiest and either requires a boat or kayak trip from Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park or a hike using the Captain Cook Monument Trail Hike. The hike is only 1.8 miles each way but does have an altitude change of around 1300 feet so might leave a few huffing and puffing on the way back up.