Location: In Napo'opo'o at end of Beach Road off Government Road from Pu'uhonua Road (Highway 160) or Lower Government Road from Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11) at Captain Cook or Ke'ei Junction.
Hours: Daily During Daylight Hours
Entrance Fee: None
Directions: KA‘AWALOA (KEALAKEKUA BAY) PERMITS
In January of 2013, DLNR initiated management activity to improve the quality and sustainability of this heavily visited and significant cultural and natural resource by initiating action on the use of a variety of vessels in the water and on land at Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.
A primary issues for the change in management strategy has been the proliferation and use of unpermitted kayak rentals being conducted at the historic Napo’opo’o wharf and the subsequent impacts to the adjacent community and the user’s experience and safety, and impacts to cultural resources and subsequent reduction in quality of the resources at Ka’awaloa Flats.
Special Use Permits are available to transit only the water of the Bay, but not to launch from the historic Napo'opo'o wharf or land at the equally historic Ka'awaloa Flat.
There are currently 3 authorized kayak tour companies that may launch from the Napo'opo'o wharf and land at Ka'awaloa - with strict requirements that include the management, containment and subsequent removal of any human waste while at Ka’awaloa Flat.
The historic Ka’awaloa Trail is unregulated and provides overland access to Ka'awaloa Flat.
In the meantime, the Division of State Parks will continue to engage in planning and identify strategies to better manage this significant cultural resource.
Description: Site of the first extensive contact between Hawaiians and Westerners with the arrival of Captain Cook in 1779. Viewing of Hikiau Heiau, a traditional religious site, and the Captain Cook monument at a distance across Kealakekua Bay.|
Services: Restrooms, picnic pavilion, trash cans, drinking water.
The Following Vendors Have Been Issued Permits by the Division of State Parks to Lead Guided Commercial Kayak Tours to the Captain Cook Monument at Ka'awaloa, Kealakekua Bay:
Adventures in Paradise
75-5660 Kopiko Street C7-430
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808) 447-0080, (888) 210-5365
Aloha Kayak Co.
79-7248 Mamalahoa Highway
Honalo, HI 96750
Kona Boys, Inc.
79-7539 Mamalahoa Highway
Kealakekua, HI 96750