March 21, 2014|Clark Realty|Big Island Communities: Districts & Subdivisions
Kealakekua Bay: A Rich History
Located 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking. The bay's brilliant waters are filled with coral and schools of tropical fish. The name comes from ke ala ke kua in the Hawaiian Language which means "the god's pathway" because this area was the focus of extensive Makahiki celebrations in honor of the god Lono. As the story is told, when Lono departed the area he promised to return on two large canoes.
Although there are theories that Spanish or Dutch sailors might have stopped here much earlier, the first documented European to arrive was Captain James Cook. He and his crews on the Resolution and Discovery sighted Kealakekua Bay on the morning of January 17, 1779. He estimated several thousand people lived in the two villages. On January 28, he performed the first Christian service on the islands, for the funeral... Read More
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