I recently discovered this video by Austin, Texas based freelance director, David Blue Garcia. The video was shot at Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island. This beach is notorious for being the place where Captain Cook was killed. The short video is visually stunning, featuring underwater views from the bay. Garcia got some excellent shots of reefs, Hawaiian green sea turtles, a wide variety of fish, and dolphins.
For those of you interested in how Captain Cook met his untimely death, read this excerpt taken from the Coffee Times:
When a boat was discovered missing from the Discovery on February 14, ill feelings escalated. The British fired cannons at canoes in the bay and Cook went ashore with some sailors to try to bring Kalaniopu’u back to the Resolution as a hostage. A crowd had gathered by the water’s edge when, at the far end of the bay, a shot rang out from one of the British boats, and the chief Kalimu, standing in his canoe, was killed. The Hawaiians began to don their war clothing and, when a challenging motion was made toward Cook, he turned and fired his musket. Then his marines fired. When the king’s guards charged, the marines, who had no time to reload, headed for the water. Many of the men, like Cook, could not swim.
The recorded details are not exact, but it is thought that Cook was struck with a club from behind, then stabbed repeatedly with an iron dagger that had been obtained from the British in trade by a chief named Nua.
Directions: Kealakekua Bay is accessible by car via Napo’opo’o Beach, located on the eastern shoreline of Kealakekua Bay. You will take Highway 11 from Kailua-Kona and drive south to Napo’opo’o turn-off where you turn right. The bay is approximately 4 miles form the turnoff. Kealakekua Bay is also accessible via Ka’awaloa Cove on the northern end, however, you’ll only be able to access it via boat or private tour.