Kealakekua Bay is one of Hawaiʻi’s seminal sites, a location that manages to blend incredible natural beauty with supreme historical importance. Besides being one of the major religious sites of Native Hawaiians, the bay marks the spot where Captain Cook and, by extension, the outside world first set foot in the archipelago, irrevocably altering the fate of the islands and their residents.
A wide, calm bay is shouldered by a low lava point to the north, tall reddish pali (cliffs) in the center and miles of green mountain slopes to the south. The bay is both a state park and a marine-life conservation area, and is famous for its rich variety of sea life, including spinner dolphins. This entire area is considered sacred, and deserves your respect.