Captain Cook Monument

Kealakekua Bay Kayak Landing Permit

Kealakekua Bay Kayak Landing Permit

Captain Cook MonumentKealakekua Bay Landing Permit

[UPDATED 1/3/2013: We have removed the link to the landing permit. The State is revising their management of Kealakekua Bay, so the landing permit, and the Bay, are under a moratorium. Read about it and see your other awesome options here >]

“To prevent damage to the Ka‘awaloa shoreline and coral reef and accidental destruction of significant historic and cultural sites by large numbers of visitors, DLNR is now requiring visitors to Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park to receive information and guidance regarding sensitive sites and how to assist in preserving the area during their visit. Information will be provided through a simple permit system for people seeking to land vessels along the Ka‘awaloa shoreline or moor at the wharf adjacent to the Captain Cook Monument in the bay. For additional information on how to obtain a permit contact the State Parks office in Hilo at (808) 974-6200.” – Hawaii State Parks

Anyone wanting to land a vessel at Ka’awaloa (Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay) must be issued a permit by the state.

We know that the form and the process can be a little confusing. If you’d like help, please don’t hesitate to call us with your questions and we’ll work through them with you. The state requires that you complete the form yourself–no vendor can complete or submit the form on your behalf.

Regarding Tours to Kealakekua Bay

Kona Boys is an official, approved kayak tour vendor for Kealakekua Bay. You can see the official list of approved kayak tour vendors that 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 here.

Spots other than Kealakekua Bay

In general most kayaking spots do not require a permit. Kealakekua Bay is the main landing site requiring a permit on the Kona side of the Big Island. Other spots can have unique restrictions or information you need to know as well. If you’re not sure, please give us a call, an email, or drop in the shop to learn more.

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