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Captain-Cook is a small town that is located on the South Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. This quiet and peaceful town sits on the picturesque Kealakekua Bay, where the famous Captain Cook was killed, and today a monument stands among the kiawe trees in his honor. The monument is inaccessible by car, but there are guided rides down the Ka'awaloa Trail to the spot. The ride takes approximately an hour, and there is a picnic lunch provided once you reach the monument. It's a unique experience worth the trip. The town of Captain Cook is nestled on the slopes of Mauna Loa at an elevation of 1,400 feet and offers endless recreational choices such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and golf. Kealakekua Bay is excellent for snorkeling and scuba diving, swimming, and surfing. This serene village is also a beautiful area to simply explore and go shopping, and is known for their spas that offer massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, yoga workshops and more. Another interesting attraction in Captain Cook is a 180-acre park that contains a restored temple complex of Hale O Keawe Heiau that was originally built in 1650. Other nearby points of interest includes Volcano National Park, Mauna Kea and the Polynesian Village.

Surrounding areas: Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii (2.2 mi), Honaunau, Hawaii (3.5 mi), Kealakekua, Hawaii (4.8 mi), Keauhou, Hawaii (6.1 mi), Hokulia, Hawaii (6.5 mi), Kealia, Hawaii (6.9 mi), Holualoa, Hawaii (9.2 mi)

Captain Cook Vacation Rentals

Captain Cook Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Kona Coast Resort IIAlii DrKailua-kona, HI13.1 mi.(808) 324-1721
Kanaloa At KonaManu Kai StKona, HI13.1 mi.(808) 822-9025

Captain Cook Weather & Climate

Hawaii has a subtropical climate with only two seasons - summer, between May and October, and winter, between October and April. The Big Island is the largest and youngest of the Hawaiian Islands, and its' climate varies only in amount of rainfall, not in temperatures. The South Kona Coast region near Kealakekua Bay is on the Big Island's dry west side. The most influencing factor is orographic - caused by the mountains. The dry leeward coast of The Big Island, which is protected from clouds by the 13,600-foot summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, receives less than 30 inches of rain per year - in comparison to the east windward coast which receives an average of 130 inches. During summer, it is not uncommon for daytime skies to remain clear blue for weeks on end.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 76°F 59°F 3.48 in. 72°F
February 76°F 58°F 2.45 in. 72°F
March 76°F 59°F 2.85 in. 71°F
April 76°F 60°F 3.41 in. 72°F
May 76°F 61°F 3.74 in. 72°F
June 77°F 62°F 4.87 in. 74°F
July 78°F 64°F 5.04 in. 74°F
August 79°F 63°F 4.97 in. 75°F
September 79°F 63°F 5.84 in. 75°F
October 79°F 63°F 3.54 in. 75°F
November 78°F 62°F 2.46 in. 74°F
December 77°F 60°F 2.43 in. 73°F

Captain Cook Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kona International At Keahole airport (KOA) located about 19 miles northwest of Captain Cook in Kailua / Kona, Hawaii, the Waimea Kohala airport (MUE) located approximately 38 miles northeast of Captain Cook in Kamuela, Hawaii, and finally the Hilo International airport (ITO) located roughly 57 miles east of Captain Cook in Hilo, Hawaii.

Captain Cook Attractions

State Parks
Kona Coast State ParkHI21.3 mi. 
Manukä State ParkHI27.4 mi. 
Mauna Kea State ParkHI30.5 mi. 
Hapuna Beach State ParkHI34.4 mi. 

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