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 of a crew member who had died. Unknown to him, Cook had initially entered the bay during Makahiki, which might have led some of the Hawaiians to think he was part of the Lono festivities. There is also speculation that Cook’s two ships and large sails caused Captain Cook to be mistaken for the god Lono’s return. Since this was also a traditionally peaceful time of year, he was welcomed and given food.
Cook and his crew stayed for several weeks, returning to sea shortly after the end of the festival. After suffering damage during a storm, the ships returned two weeks later, on February 14. This time relations were not as smooth. After Hawaiians took one of Resolution’s small boats, Cook attempted to lure Hawaiian chief Kalaniʻōpuʻu aboard to hold as hostage until the boat was returned. A skirmish ensued during which Cook was killed, ironically near the spot where he had first set foot on the island. An obelisk marks the location of Cook’s demise.
Living in Kealakekua Bay
The residents of this small community with access to the the bay are fortunate to live in such close proximity to incredible natural beauty and in an area with powerful historical significance. One bayfront home, which has a pending sale at the time of this writing, is MLS 268408, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on the water’s edge currently offered at $1.3M. Another beautiful bayfront home for sale nearby is MLS 267280, offered at $6.2M. Someone looking to build a home in the area may want to consider MLS 263063, an oceanfront parcel with beautiful views currently offered at $1.35M.
For information about any of these listings or other available properties in this special place, please contact a Clark Realty agent who can help you successfully navigate the purchase of a home by the bay. The reward will be well worth it!