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  • Captain Cook Monument

    1. Captain Cook Monument

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    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

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Town/Village

    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

    Beach–Sight

    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

    Town/Village

    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

    Cave

    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)

    Farm/Ranch

    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

    Tour–Sight

    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

    Market/Bazaar

    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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