What to Expect
Napo'opo'o Road, Kealakekua Bay, West Hawaii
This mostly rocky beach is located at the southern end of the beautiful Kealakekua Bay. This bay is where Captain James Cook first landed in Hawaii. The Hiki'au Heiau is also located here. This heiau was dedicated to the harvest god, Lono. When Captain Cook arrived here, the Hawaiians were celebrating the harvest god and initially thought the large ships were islands and the sailors were gods. It was here that the first Christian service was held by the Cook landing party.
Mostly rock shoreline
Across the bay from the beach is the Captain Cook Monument near the site where he was killed.
Trail behind the beach leads to the Hiki'au Heiau dedicated to the god, Lono.
Parking lot and restroom facilitis available.
Crystal clear blue water make this an excellent site for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Take Highway11 south from Kailua-Kona. Before Mile Marker #110 bear right on Nap'opo'o Road. At the intersection with Middle Keei Road, go right and take this road all the way to the beach.