Park in Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

Beautiful, historic Kealakekua Bay is scalloped out of the mountains, a deep-blue half moon set against a low lava point to the north, tall reddish pali (cliffs) in the center and miles of green mountain slopes...

Beach in Kealakekua Bay

Keʻei Beach

Just south of Kealakekua Bay, Keʻei Beach is an attractive cove that's mostly too rough and rocky for swimming, except for a very narrow sandy stretch at its northern end. When conditions are right, local surfers...

Historic Site in Kealakekua Bay

Pali Kapu o Keoua

Above Kealakekua Bay, the 'sacred cliffs of Keoua' were named for a chief and rival of Kamehameha I. Several high, inaccessible caves in these cliffs served as burial places for Hawaiian royalty, and it's...

Beach in Kealakekua Bay

Manini Beach

On its southern side, Kealakekua Bay is rocky and exposed to regular northwest swells, so swimming and snorkeling conditions are poor. That said, Manini Beach makes a scenic, shady picnic spot. If you do want to...

Historic Site in Kealakekua Bay

Captain Cook Monument

This tall white obelisk in Kaʻawaloa Cove is visible from a mile away at Kealakekua Bay. It marks the spot where Captain Cook was killed in an armed confrontation with Hawaiians in 1779. In 1877, as an act of...

Temple in Kealakekua Bay

Hikiʻau Heiau

Veer right at the base of Napoʻopoʻo Rd to reach this broad stone platform temple dedicated to war god Ku that was Kealakekua's religious center. In front of the heiau, a stone beach makes a moody perch from...