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  • Captain Cook Monument

    1. Captain Cook Monument


    On February 14, 1779, famed English explorer Captain James Cook was killed here during an apparent misunderstanding with local residents. He...Read More

    Captain Cook Monument
  • Hulihee Palace

    2. Hulihee Palace


    A lovely two-story oceanfront home surrounded by jewel-green grass and elegant coco palms and fronted by an elaborate wrought-iron gate, Hulihee...Read More

    Hulihee Palace
  • 3. Kamakahonu and Ahuena Heiau

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    In the early 1800s, King Kamehameha the Great built a royal compound at Kamakahonu, the bay fronting what is now the Courtyard King Kamehameha...Read More

  • Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

    4. Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park


    This underwater marine reserve is one of the most beautiful spots in the state. Dramatic cliffs surround super-deep, crystal-clear, turquoise...Read More

    Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
  • 5. Holualoa Town


    Hugging the hillside along the Kona Coast, the artsy village of Holualoa is 3 miles up winding Hualalai Road from Kailua-Kona. Galleries here...Read More

  • 6. Kahaluu Beach Park


    This shallow and easily accessible salt-and-pepper beach is one of the Big Island's most popular swimming and snorkeling sites, thanks to the...Read More

  • 7. Kainaliu Town


    This is the first town you encounter to the south heading upcountry from Kailua town. In addition to a ribbon of funky old stores, clothing...Read More

  • 8. Kaloko–Honokohau National Historical Park

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The trails at this sheltered 1,160-acre coastal park near Honokohau Harbor, just north of Kailua-Kona, are popular with walkers and hikers....Read More

  • 9. Kilauea Caverns of Fire


    This way-out adventure explores the underbelly of the world's most active volcano via the Kazamura Lava Tube system. The longest lava tube system...Read More

  • 10. Kona Coffee Living History Farm (D. Uchida Farm)


    On the National Register of Historic Places, this perfectly preserved farm was completely restored by the Kona Historical Society. It includes...Read More

  • 11. Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority


    Just south of Kona International Airport, a large mysterious group of buildings with an equally large and mysterious photovoltaic (solar) panel...Read More

  • 12. St. Benedict's Painted Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In the late 1800s, Belgian-born priest and self-taught artist Father John Velge painted the walls, columns, and ceiling of this Roman Catholic...Read More

  • 13. Volcano Farmers' Market


    Local produce, flowers, crafts, and food products, including fresh-baked breads, pastries, coffee, pancakes, fresh coconuts with straws, and...Read More

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