JoAnn's Guidebook

JoAnn
JoAnn's Guidebook

Sightseeing

In addition to the historical significance of the Park, there are beautiful picnic grounds with lots of tide pools to explore. Drive around the building and at the end of the picnic grounds, there is a trail along the coast. This trail goes for miles and there is lots to explore. Be sure to have sunscreen and water if planning a long hike. There is no snorkeling allowed in the Park, but right next to it is Two-Step; the best snorkeling in Big Island.
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Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park
State Highway 160
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In addition to the historical significance of the Park, there are beautiful picnic grounds with lots of tide pools to explore. Drive around the building and at the end of the picnic grounds, there is a trail along the coast. This trail goes for miles and there is lots to explore. Be sure to have sunscreen and water if planning a long hike. There is no snorkeling allowed in the Park, but right next to it is Two-Step; the best snorkeling in Big Island.
Kaawaloa Trail. A steep hike to Captain Cooks Monument at Kealakekua Bay. Worth the effort and about 30 minutes one way.
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Captain Cook Monument Trail
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Kaawaloa Trail. A steep hike to Captain Cooks Monument at Kealakekua Bay. Worth the effort and about 30 minutes one way.
Gray sand beach, beautiful views and easy access to water.
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Ho‘okena Beach Park
86-4322 Mamalahoa Hwy
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Gray sand beach, beautiful views and easy access to water.

Neighborhoods

Captain Cook, Hawaii encompasses land from sea to mountain. Highway 11 is passes through Capt. Cook at about 1200 foot elevation on the lower slopes of Mauna Loa volcano. Along this highway you will find groceries, restaurants, and shopping. As you leave the highway and drive down to the ocean you can see Kealakekua Bay. Historic Kealakekua Bay is renowned as the famous Captains’ place of demise and there stands his monument. The waters offshore are pristine and perfect for kayaking to the monument and watching spinner dolphins.
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Captain Cook
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Captain Cook, Hawaii encompasses land from sea to mountain. Highway 11 is passes through Capt. Cook at about 1200 foot elevation on the lower slopes of Mauna Loa volcano. Along this highway you will find groceries, restaurants, and shopping. As you leave the highway and drive down to the ocean you can see Kealakekua Bay. Historic Kealakekua Bay is renowned as the famous Captains’ place of demise and there stands his monument. The waters offshore are pristine and perfect for kayaking to the monument and watching spinner dolphins.
Alii Drive is a great stroll with ocean front restaurants, bars and shops. There is an open market and historical sites.
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Kailua
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Alii Drive is a great stroll with ocean front restaurants, bars and shops. There is an open market and historical sites.

Things to do

Closest access to snorkeling, nice picnic benches and grassy area. Its best if you swim to the right after you enter water. Also check out the rocky shoreline by walking a short trail from inside park out to the point. Parking area is small and busy on weekends.
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Manini Beach
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Closest access to snorkeling, nice picnic benches and grassy area. Its best if you swim to the right after you enter water. Also check out the rocky shoreline by walking a short trail from inside park out to the point. Parking area is small and busy on weekends.
Ehu and Kai Adventures
82-6009 Kahauloa Road
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Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary
83-5401 Painted Church Road
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Painted Church. Spiritual little church. You can walk outside the grounds too. The short drive to Painted Church will take you past several coffee and macadamia farms and gardens. Many are open to public.
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St Benedict Catholic Church
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Painted Church. Spiritual little church. You can walk outside the grounds too. The short drive to Painted Church will take you past several coffee and macadamia farms and gardens. Many are open to public.
Snorkeling sail to Kealakekua Bay
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Fair Wind Cruises
78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street
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Snorkeling sail to Kealakekua Bay
Open Sundays 9-2pm. Music, food, art, crafts and farmer’s market. Good place to buy Kona coffee and mac nuts straight from growers!
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Pure Kona Green Markets
82-6160 Mamalahoa Highway
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Open Sundays 9-2pm. Music, food, art, crafts and farmer’s market. Good place to buy Kona coffee and mac nuts straight from growers!
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Manta Ray Night Dive
78-127 Ehukai St
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Food scene

Keoki's South Kona Grindz
83-5293 Mamalahoa Hwy
Fresh local fish
Very good
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Keei Cafe
79-7511 Mamalahoa Highway
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Very good
Yummy gelato! Two locations, one nearby in Kealakekua
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Gypsea Gelato
79-7460 Mamalahoa Highway
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Yummy gelato! Two locations, one nearby in Kealakekua
Grocery store -nearby deli
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ChoiceMART
82-6066 Mamalahoa Highway
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Grocery store -nearby deli
Breakfast, Brunch and lunch. Gets crowded on weekends.
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The Coffee Shack
83-5799 Mamalahoa Highway
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Breakfast, Brunch and lunch. Gets crowded on weekends.