Travel. Hike. Bike. Adventure. Explore.
Today we decided to hike down to Captain Cooks Monument and place of death. Given that he plays such a significant part of history in both New Zealand and Australia we felt it only appropriate we took on this adventure. The Monument can only be reached by hiking down, kayaking in or taking a chartered boat tour. So off we hiked.... down a hot, uneven, rock-strewn trail. The way down was fairly easy however the climb up was hotter, long and steep. This was a 4 mile round trip and because we were on a bit of a time constraint (getting the Leckies back to the airport) it was the one hike, where I carried Isla down the majority of the way and Phil carried her back up!
It was a lot busier at the bottom than we had expected.. there was a handful of tour boats in the bay so it definitely wasn't as "secluded" as we had thought. Needless to say, the reef was beautiful and the coral and fish just amazing.
History states that on January 17, 1779, Captain James Cook (the British explorer who discovered the Hawaiian Islands in 1778) and his crew sailed into Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Hawaiians, thinking they were returning gods, gave them a warm welcome and held a feast in their honor. However, a month later he was killed in a conflict between his crew and the Hawaiians. The natives had realized that Cook and his men were mere mortals. In 1878, a 27-foot white obelisk was erected to honor this well-known seafarer.
The plaque at the base of the monument reads the following: “In memory of the great circumnavigator, Captain James Cook, R. N., who discovered these islands on the 10th of January, A.D. 1770, and fell near this spot on the 14th of February, A.D. 1779. This monument was erected in November A.D. 1874 by some of his fellow countrymen.”
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