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Captain Cook Monument Trail [1 hike report]

Hawaii > The Big Island > Kailua Kona
Length3.6 mi
Elev. Gain1300 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating6 / 10
The Captain Cook Monument Trail culminates at the monument where Captain Cook died and also has one of the best snorkeling areas in the whole island, so make sure that you do not forget to pack your snorkel gears.

The beginning of the trail is marked by overgrown elephant grasses, soon giving way to dry land shrubs. You will be able to get the first glimpse of the Kealakekua Bay at this point, with steep cliffs above the Bay. Hidden in some of the caves here, there are the bones of ancient Hawaiian royals. Soon, you will reach the first Vista, from where you will get a clear view of the Bay.

Check to see if you can find any of the Spinner Dolphins here. Along the trail, you will reach the edge of the old lava flow. The trail then steeply descends to the sea, through a rocky path and intersects the Old Government Road. The trail will run through the Hawaiian Villiage of Kaawaloa. Keep walking along the trail. Just before reaching the end of the trail, you will come across a cut-off to the left. Follow this trail to reach the spot where Captain Cook was killed.

Best time to go
Throughout the year - Before 10 am to avoid the heat


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
19° 29.543' N
155° 55.085' W

Driving Directions:
From the Kailua Kona drive, you will have to drive for 10 miles south on the Highway 11. You will pass the Captain Cook town along the way. You will have to take a right on the Napo'opo'o Road, where you will find the parking lot after the second telephone pole.
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Weather Report for Captain Cook, HI
Mostly clear. Haze. Lows around 69 at the shore to around 54 at 5000 feet. South winds up to 10 mph.
Temperature: 69.6° F
Relative Humidity: 76%
Pressure: 29.97"
Dew Point: 61.7° F

Winds from the SSE at 0.9 mph gusting to 3.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:48 AM
Sunset: 5:46 PM
Weather reported from Kaupulehu, Kailua-Kona, HI (KHIKAILU25)
Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Haze in the morning. Highs around 83 at the shore to around 69 at 5000 feet. West winds up to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows around 69 at the shore to around 50 at 5000 feet. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Sunny in the morning, then partly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 66 to 84. Light winds becoming west up to 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph in the late morning and early afternoon, then shifting to the north with gusts to 25 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Lows 49 to 68. Light winds becoming east up to 10 mph in the late evening and overnight. Gusts up to 25 mph.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:08 AM
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Captain Cook Monument Trail - by NoctilucentSaturday, May 01, 2010
This trail is pretty difficult. What makes this trail difficult is the poor footing because the entire trail is lava rock or loose lava rock on top of soil. THIS HIKE IS WELL WORTH IT ONCE YOU GET TO THE EXCELLENT SNORKELING SPOT AT THE BOTTOM. We swam all the way to the Monument and got some photos in. The day we went, it was about 80 degrees and cloudy. If it had been sunny, the ascent up would have been extreme. It's not a long hike, but it's a tough one... It took us about 50 minute.....
Miles Hiked:3.6
Trail Condition:Fair
Weather:Partly Sunny
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