February 18, 2018

Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay-February 20, 2016–Must RSVP!

capt-cook-markerOn Saturday, February 20, 2016, the Kona Hiking Club will visit the Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay. RSVP now, hike is limited to 20! The hike is about 4 mi. roundtrip in length with an additional 1-1/2 mi. oceanfront hike across raw pahoehoe lava for those who desire to do so.

The trail drops approximately 1,300′ from the trail head to the bay, so the return hike is obviously a long (hot) climb. For the primary portion of the hike, we will be on a jeep road which is part dirt and part small lava chunks.
The hike destination will be the monument and, although the shoreline is rocky, there is access to the bay for swimming and snorkeling. Hikers need to be prepared for potentially warm, sunny weather, especially on the strenuous return uphill climb; however, rain or overcast is always possible in the Capt. Cook area. Wear closed-toed shoes, bring hiking sticks, sun protection, lunch or snack, swim/snorkel gear, and at least two liters of water per person.

There will be a bonus hike for those who wish to enjoy an additional adventure on the journey back up the hill to the trailhead. Those wishing to participate must contact KHC for more info.

We will meet at 7:30 AM at the trailhead located 1/10th of a mi. south of Mamalahoa Hwy. on Napoopoo Rd. Since parking there is extremely limited, it is recommended that everyone carpool who possibly can. If driving youself, please take extreme care in parking and walking to the trailhead as Napoopoo Rd. is quite narrow and heavily traveled and currently under heavy construction.

A hike leader will be present the Kealakekua Ranch Center carpool location. We will meet in the Kealakekua Ranch Center upper parking lot (near Ace Hardware) at 7:00 a.m. and depart by 7:15 a.m. Contact Kathleen at # below. The Center is located on Mamalahoa Hwy. at the intersection of Kiloa Rd. between the 110 and 109 mile markers. Be prepared to either be a driver or a passenger. Visitors as well as residents are welcome to participate — there is no charge.

For additional information, please phone Kathleen at 557-9246.

PLEASE NOTE: All members are welcome to bring guests or pass on information about our hikes to other hikers. However, if you do so, PLEASE make sure that you direct them to http://konahikingclub.com to review the hike announcement and description. We want to make sure that everyone is prepared for the specific hike we are doing that day, whether we’re facing mud, heat, cold, steep trails, rocky trails, high altitude, exceptionally long distances, etc. Mahalo for helping us keep everyone safe!


  1. Pam Cotten says:

    Hi Kathleen, I’d like to RSVP 2 spots for the Captain Cook hike (myself and Michael) – thanks!

  2. Don & Rosie says:

    Count us both in for Capt. Cook hike Kathleen .
    Thanks Don & Rosie Eller

  3. Tom Delaney says:

    Dear Kathleen,

    Would like to do the Captain Cook hike. Mahalo. By the way, though I didn’t go to the Pot Luck because I was away with guests, I thought your invitation was beautifully crafted.


  4. Neil Silberman says:

    Aloha Kathleen,

    I’d love to go on the hike if there is still room for more people.


  5. Yuliya Yakhontova says:

    I would love to join this hike.
    I live in Hilo and I don’t have a car.
    Any advice on how I could get to the meet up place would be highly appreciated.

  6. Jane Pinckney says:

    I would like to join the hike to Captain Cook

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