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Home To The Big Island's Historical Captain Cook
Nāpo'opo'o Park, the original landing site for Captain James Cook, offers a captivating glimpse into Big Island's rich history. Despite the erosion of its once sandy shores, this historic land along the southern shores of Kealakekua Bay, near the Hikiau Heiau, remains a great spot for a picturesque picnic. To reach Nāpo'opo'o Park, follow Napoopoo Road to its end and park by the pier.
Local visitors frequent the area for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, though it's essential to note that there are no lifeguards on duty. However, there's much to enjoy here, from indulging in a delightful picnic amidst breathtaking views to diving into an exploration of Captain Cook's history.
The park provides picnic tables, grassy areas, and barbecue grills for your convenience. Restrooms, showers, and trash cans are also strategically placed. After savoring a picnic, venture onto the pier for an exceptional view of the bay, enhanced during the mesmerizing sunset hours.
While gazing out to sea, explore the educational signage on the pier, offering insights into the bay's spinner dolphins and the significance of Hikiau Heiau, as well as Captain Cook's arrival, mission, and fate.
In 1779, Captain Cook landed on the beach, spreading Christianity on the once sandy shores, now transformed into rock formations by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. Although not suitable for sunbathing, the beach is still fascinating to explore.
Don't miss the trail leading to the Hikiau Heiau, an ancient Hawaiian temple constructed soon after Cook's arrival, reflecting the native Hawaiians' respect for his presence. Across the bay, you'll spot Captain Cook's monument, a 27-foot obelisk, commemorating the captain who was well-regarded by the natives despite his tumultuous history.
After unraveling the beach's history, you can embark on further explorations or linger at the pier to relish the captivating views a while longer.
Nāpo'opo'o ParkHome To The Big Island's Historical Captain CookNāpo'opo'o Park, the original landi ....