What to do in Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park

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

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

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.

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.

P.O. Box 936
75 Aupuni Street, 204
Hilo, HI 96721-0936

Phone: 808-974-6200

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