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Description - This small four-acre state park contains both natural and historical resources.

Attractions - Natural attractions at Kealakekua Bay include Napoopoo Beach, which is small and rocky and can have dangerous currents during stormy conditions. The beach lies in Kealakekua Bay which has some excellent snorkeling sites during calm conditions. Also within this four-acre park is Hikiau Heiau, a traditional Hawaiian religious site. This park also lies very closely to the Captain Cook Monument, which commemorates the landing of Captain Cook on the Big Island in 1779 and the first extensive contact between Europeans and Hawaiians.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities at this site include water sports, photography, hiking, viewing scenery, sunbathing and viewing historic sites.

Climate - The island of Hawaii, like the others in the chain, has a windward and leeward climate. The windward (eastern) side of the island receives a lot of moisture. Hilo's monthly averages are above 8 inches. Winter and spring months receive the most moisture, but count on rain if you're traveling in this region. The leeward side can be almost desert like. The mountains are so large on Hawaii, that they trap the moisture on the windward side. Most of the days are sunny on the western coast of Hawaii and hence the tourists flock to this region.

Temperatures on the island of Hawaii are moderate with year round averages near 74 degrees F. The temperatures differ more with elevation than the seasons. Winter clothing such as gloves, hats and layered clothing is necessary if camping in any of the high elevation campgrounds on the island.

Location - Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park lies on the leeward side of the Big Island south of Kona. The site can be accessed from both Pu'uhonua Road and Mamalahoa Highway.

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Filed By: Ian
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Kealakaekua Bay was a wonderful place great snorkleing and swimming in the off season. Kona side of the island is dry but if you look you can find beutiful lush landscaping and the hotels and town are a lot of fun.Take the time to visit Hawaii national Volcanoes park it is worth the drive I would recommend this place to everyone dont act like an ignorant tourist and blend in with the locals and have fun.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I recently returned from a 3-week trip to visit friends at Kealalakua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii and must say that for the most part, I was not pleased with the island which was dry, dirty, littered by roadside trash and abandoned vehicles. Broken down houses with rusted roofs were everywhere and the only lush beauty was to be found at the first class resorts like the Mauna Loa. I never made it to Hilo as it was so far away from K Bay which, with the Captain Cook monument was pretty. The beaches are for the most part made up of smooth, black volcanic rock but the water, the waves and the snorkeling were wonderful. I would not return and wish I could have seen Maui, which I am told is prettier. All in all, Hawaii was a disappointment and at 13 hours by plane from New England, too far to visit.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Beach Activities Water sports and sunbathing available.
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Hikiau Heiau and Captain Cook Memorial.
ICON Viewing Scenery Scenic views offered.

More Information

Contact Information:
Hawai'i District, Hawai'i State Parks, P.O. Box 936, 75 Aupuni Street, 204 , Hilo, HI, 96721-0936, Phone: 808-974-6200

Additional Information:
Big Island (Hawaii) - This island is known as 'The Big Island', due to its size, which is nearly double that of the others in the archipelago combined. Hawaii has a plethora of natural areas including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Big Island State Parks - The Big Island contains 14 state-administered park sites. The sites pervade the island and protect properties of natural, historical and cultural significance.
Hawaii Beaches -
Hawaii State Parks - Hawai'i's State Park System is comprised of 52 state parks encompassing nearly 25,000 acres on the 5 major islands.
Hawaii,s Historic Sites -


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