Historic places on the Island of Hawaii
Ever heard of Captain Cook? In 1778, Captain James Cook was the first westerner (and British explorer) to land on our island, specifically at Kealakekua Bay
. Cook lost his life just a year later, after getting into a skirmish with Native Hawaiians on this same bay, where today you’ll find a monument memorializing his death on the shore of this historic state park, located 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona. Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park is where you can enjoy kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, or simply relaxing in the picnic area.
Ever wonder how Native Hawaiians lived in the past? Just over 12 miles north of Kawaihae Harbor
, you’ll find Lapakahi State Historical Park
, the site of a 600-year-old traditional fishing village that’s partially restored, rugged, and includes lava stone walls, restored houses, and more. The drive on Highway 270 (Akoni Pule Highway
), between the Kohala Coast and North Kohala, is one you’ll no doubt enjoy as well! This is a 262-acre park you can enjoy at your leisure, as the tour is self-guided.
Who doesn’t enjoy a road trip every now and then?
As you’ll quickly learn, there’s so much more to living on the Island of Hawaii than beaches and gorgeous views!
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