The wealthy neighborhood of Captain Cook is dotted with exclusive homes and upscale neighborhoods. With the advent of working from home, many Captain Cook residents elect to do so instead of commuting into the nearest large town, Kailua-Kona. Although Captain Cook lacks the shopping and recreational resources of Kona and other comparable neighborhoods, residents enjoy the serene quiet and peace that the area grants. Tucked away from the mainstream crowd, residents of real estate condominiums or houses for sale find that Captain Cook is close enough to shopping, the airport, and other important places while maintaining a safe distance from the noise and clutter of busier areas.
Captain James Cook and his ships, the Resolution and Discovery, entered came upon the area in Jan 17, 1779 via Kealakekua Bay, in the midst of a local religious festival. Originally taken as a God, the Hawaiians offered Cook and his crew with their utmost hospitality before realizing their grave mistake and killing him on the spot. Cook’s death place has since been memorialized by the Captain Cook Monument, and is accessible by steep hike or easy kayak from the bay. The Kealakekua wharf is a convenient kayak launching site, not only for the monument but for scenic rides across the bay. Because of the area’s clear and calm water, snorkeling and scuba diving are unforgettable experiences in Captain Cook.