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Beaches in Captain Cook

Keei Beach

Ke’ei Beach is a small sandy beach backed by palm trees in a hidden spot south of Kealakekua Bay....

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City of Arches

City of Arches is a beachless coastline chock full of arches and holes in the lava rock shore. It’s...

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Keopuka Kai Shoreline

This little-known tract of remote coastal land was once part of a larger ahupua’a (Hawaiian subdivision) called Keopuka in...

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Nearby Attractions

About Captain Cook

Captain Cook is the name of a town and the greater area south of Kailua-Kona. It's an area with lots of historical sights and is known for superior snorkeling spots. The Captain Cook Monument is one of the top destinations in the area, but more for its amazing snorkeling on Ka'awaloa Cove than for the historical marker. Snorkelers can get to this cove by kayaking from Napo’opo’o Landing or by hiking two miles downhill on the Ka'awaloa Trail or by taking a snorkeling cruise from Kailua or Keauhou. Most choose the latter, but the other options are more rewarding. Another top snorkeling spot in the area is called the "Two Step" and yes it's excellent. If you want to learn about Hawaiian history and explore an ancient village, you should visit Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park which has indoor and outside exhibits. A hiking trail in the national park called the 1871 Trail leads to more historical sites and some picturesque coves. Other options for seeing history in person include Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park which has a large heiau and Hokulia Shoreline Park which few folks know about. A short drive south of Captain Cook is where you'll find the amazing Ho'okena Beach which has camping plus kayaks and other gear rentals. Uphill from the beaches there are other things to see in Captain Cook including many coffee plantations with tasting rooms, fruit stands, a small botanical garden, and the Painted Church.