Pad­dle to the Cap­tain Cook Mon­u­ment

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WATERWORLD -

Bri­tish sea Cap­tain James Cook, thought to be the first West­erner to set sight on the Hawai­ian Is­lands, spot­ted the is­lands of O‘ahu and Kaua‘i on Jan. 18, 1778. Al­most a year later, on Jan. 17, 1779, the ex­plorer found his way to the Big Is­land. He an­chored his ships in Kealakekua Bay, where the an­nual Makahiki Fes­ti­val was in progress. Think­ing Cook might be the god Lono, Hawai­ians wel­comed him with a great feast.

On Feb. 4, Cook left the Big Is­land, only to re­turn about a week later af­ter a se­vere storm dam­aged one of his ships. This time, the Hawai­ians, who had dis­cov­ered Cook was not a god, were quite hos­tile. Cook and four of his sailors died in the bat­tle that en­sued.

A small bronze plaque at the north­ern end of Kealakekua Bay marks the spot of his death. Near the plaque is a 27-foot obelisk erected by Cook’s coun­try­men.

Kayak­ing Kealakekua Bay is a great way to see the mon­u­ment and ex­plore the sur­round­ing reef. As Kealakekua Bay is a Marine Life Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict (MLCD), it presents a unique aquatic ex­pe­ri­ence. Land­ing a kayak is only

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.