Kealakekua Bay attractions

Park in Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

Beautiful, historical Kealakekua Bay is the big draw on the south coast. Local organizations and businesses are working hard to keep it that way, as more people communing with the wildlife increases pressure on this…
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 ri…
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 speculated…
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 tak…
Historic Site in Kealakekua Bay

Captain Cook Monument

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

Hikiʻau Heiau

Veer right at the base of Napoʻopoʻo Rd to reach this large platform temple. In front of the heiau, a stone beach makes a moody perch from which to observe the stunning scenery, but the surf is too rough to swim in.…