Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
NEW: Effective June 1, 2019, Commercial permitted kayaks are required to have State Parks issued decals affixed to both sides of kayak bows. The Commercial Kayak Permit Decal Instructions form should accompany Commercial Permit Applications if applicable.
|Hours||Daily During Daylight Hours|
Site of the first extensive contact between Hawaiians and Westerners with the arrival of Captain Cook in 1779. Viewing of Hikiau Heiau, a traditional religious site, and the Captain Cook monument at a distance across Kealakekua Bay. (4.0 acres)
Visiting Ka’awaloa Flats
In order to access the land at Ka’awaloa Flats (the location of the Captain Cook Monument), visitors have two options:
- Hike from the uplands via the historic Ka’awaloa Trail.
- Take a guided kayak tour through one of the three permitted commercial vendors (see list below).
Transiting the bay by individuals is allowed so long as the vessel has a valid permit (both private and commercial rental vessels). Permitted vessels are prohibited from landing at Ka’awaloa flat, or launching from Napo’opo’o wharf. Visitors DO NOT need to acquire permits when renting a kayak, but must confirm from the vessel owner that the vessel they rent possesses a valid permit for transiting the bay.
Authorized kayak tour companies
The Following Vendors Have Been Issued Permits by the Division of State Parks to Lead Guided Commercial Kayak Tours to the Captain Cook Monument at Ka’awaloa, Kealakekua Bay:
|Adventures in Paradise||75-5660 Kopiko Street C7-430
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
(808) 447-0080, (888) 210-5365
|Aloha Kayak Co.||79-7248 Mamalahoa Highway
Honalo, HI 96750
|Kona Boys, Inc.||79-7539 Mamalahoa Highway
Kealakekua, HI 96750
2019 Ka‘awaloa & Kealakekua Bay Permits
In January of 2013, the DLNR initiated a new management activity to improve the quality and sustainability of this heavily visited and significant cultural and natural resource by regulating the use of a variety of vessels in the water and on land at Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.
A primary issue for the change in management strategy is the proliferation and use of unpermitted kayak rentals being conducted at the historic Napo’opo’o wharf, as well as, the subsequent impacts to the adjacent community, cultural resources, user’s experience, safety and quality of resources at Ka’awaloa Flats.
VESSEL SPECIAL USE PERMIT FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS
The 2019 Vessel Special Use Access application instructions and form(s) are listed below. Make sure the application you submit is current and that all pertinent information is filled-in legibly. Please allow up to 14 days for your application to be processed. Any missing information or required documents will result in a delay of processing the application. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.
To apply for a vessel permit to transit the waters of Kealakekua Bay:
- Download the appropriate application form (Commercial or Non-Commercial) to your computer.
- Fill it out.
- Save the form on your computer.
- E-mail the completed application form to: [email protected]
PERMITS: 2020 Non-Commercial Application
PERMITS: 2019 Commercial Application
These permits only apply to vessels transiting the water and DO NOT authorize any business operation related to soliciting for customers, renting equipment or otherwise promoting a business within the boundaries of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park.