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Kealakekua is most well known as being home to the Kealakekua Bay State Park, site where infamous Captain Cook was killed. Many coffee farms and large ranches also surround the area. Kealakekua Bay is a natural reserve and a paradise for snorkeling and diving because it's filled with marine life of all kinds, shapes and sizes. A monument to Captain Cook sits on the shore of the Bay among the picturesque kiawe trees, and although it's inaccessible by car, there are guided tours down to it. The tour takes approximately an hour and a picnic lunch is provided once you reach the monument. The town of Captain Cook is nearby and is known for its' spas and yoga workshops. Other nearby points of interest near Kealakekua includes Volcano National Park, Mauna Kea and the Polynesian Village, and Hikiau Heiau, a stone platform that was once a temple and the site of human sacrifices. Kealakekua State Park also offers swimming, hiking, cruises, and kayak and boat rentals. Kaawaloa Cove, inside the park, is popular with divers because of its shallow coral reef and many varieties of colorful fish; it's also home to a school of playful spinner porpoises. Historical Kealakekua is a wonderful place to experience the beauty and peace of the Big Island away from the crowds of other better-known tourist spots.

Surrounding areas: Captain Cook, Hawaii (4.8 mi), Honaunau, Hawaii (5.8 mi), Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii (6.9 mi), Kealia, Hawaii (8.2 mi), Keauhou, Hawaii (9.6 mi), Hokulia, Hawaii (9.7 mi), Opihihale, Hawaii (11.6 mi)

Kealakekua Vacation Rentals

Kealakekua Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Kona Coast Resort IIAlii DrKailua-kona, HI14.9 mi.(808) 324-1721
Kanaloa At KonaManu Kai StKona, HI14.9 mi.(808) 822-9025
Elima Lani @ Walkosoa Village68-3883 Lua Kula StWaikoloa, HI29.4 mi.(800) 367-5004

Kealakekua 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

Kealakekua Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Kona International At Keahole airport (KOA) located about 21 miles northwest of Kealakekua in Kailua / Kona, Hawaii, the Waimea Kohala airport (MUE) located approximately 35 miles northeast of Kealakekua in Kamuela, Hawaii, and finally the Hilo International airport (ITO) located roughly 52 miles east of Kealakekua in Hilo, Hawaii.

Kealakekua Attractions

State Parks
Kona Coast State ParkHI22.7 mi. 
Mauna Kea State ParkHI26.2 mi. 
Manukä State ParkHI27.5 mi. 
Hapuna Beach State ParkHI33.3 mi. 

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