Captain Cook

One of Hawaii's tiniest towns, yet it packs a lot of historical significance and quaint character.

Overview for Captain Cook, HI

4,087 people live in Captain Cook, where the median age is 36.5 and the average individual income is $33,435. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

4,087

Total Population

36.5 years

Median Age

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$33,435

Average individual Income

Welcome to Captain Cook

Captain Cook offers private tropical estates and coffee farms with stunning views.
 
Captain Cook is a beautiful Hawaiian town located approximately 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona. With a population of about 3,400, Captain Cook is one of Hawaii's tiniest towns, yet it packs a lot of historical significance and quaint character. Unlike the north Kona and Kohala coastline, the south Kona coast and Captain Cook is a tropical, lush environment with large trees, tropical plants, and coffee farms mixed with some luxury neighborhoods with private tropical estates.
 
Captain Cook is named after the British explorer Captain James Cook, who landed in neighboring Kealakekua Bay in 1779. Captain Cook sits at 1,300 feet above sea level and is a hotspot for vacationers thanks to its picturesque setting and proximity to the coast. Captain Cook is the last major town along the Mamalahoa Highway as you travel south. Beyond it, you'll find scattered homes and small communities.  
 

What to Love

  • Close to Kailua-Kona, but it feels like old Hawaii
  • Rich history
  • Lush mountainous coffee farms

Local Lifestyle

Captain Cook is a cozy and laid-back island town. The town is centered on outdoor recreation, making it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Expect mild tropical weather with temperatures around 85°F and usual tropical rains. Enjoy the lovely coastal weather and try your hand at everything from snorkeling to sailing to fishing. You'll always have breathtaking views of the ocean and beautiful rainforest.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Head to Kealakekukua Ranch Center to shop, eat, and enjoy views of the Pacific from the back deck. In addition to a wide variety of locally produced goods, this shopping center also features restaurants, specialty stores, medical services, Ace Hardware, and a ChoiceMART Supermarket. Pure Kona Green Markets is a farmer and artist market that promotes local products. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, you can get gluten-free and vegan baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, and local coffee at this market. Plus, it also features live music.
 
Captain Cook has a vibrant culinary scene. Manago Hotel & Restaurant is located on the slopes of Mauna Loa and overlooks the picturesque Kealakekua Bay. Travelers will find this spot perfect for rest thanks to its peaceful evenings and warm, sunny days. The onsite restaurant is one of the oldest in Hawaii and is known for its excellent pork chops. Kaaloa Super J's offers excellent meals in a casual setting and has a stellar reputation for it’s authentic Hawaiian cuisine. If you're looking for vegan options, head to Black Rock Pizza. This pizzeria has two types of house-made vegan crust, three vegan sauces, and vegan cheese. The Coffee Shack is the place to go for breakfast, delicious coffee, and amazing views since the Lanai overlooks miles of gorgeous shoreline. The Arabica coffee is grown onsite in fertile volcanic soil, so you can view and maybe even photograph the trees on which your coffee was grown. 
 

Things to Do

A visit to Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park is a must for history buffs. Individuals interested in learning about the past can take a self-guided tour of this location, which was once home to Hawaiian nobility and lawbreakers. 
 
The Captain Cook Monument commemorates the first westerner to visit the Big Island in the late 1700s. The monument cannot be accessed by car, but it is possible to hike to it through the Ka'awaloa Trail. This moderate hike is the perfect way to take in the sights of the tropical rainforest. At the end of the Ka'awaloa Trail lies the monument and a beach where you can swim and snorkel among tropical fish. 
As the only living history coffee plantation in the United States, the Kona Coffee Living History Farm is a must-visit. Explore this historic farm and learn about Kona's early 20th-century coffee pioneers. Take a self-guided tour and walk amid the coffee trees, chat with a "Kona Nightingale," and learn about how local farmers used to process and dry their internationally renowned coffee. 
 
The Aloha Theatre was built to serve the people of Hawaii and visitors by giving them access to live performances, classes in the arts, and a place to showcase their creativity. This isn't your average theater. Their shows are edgy, the actors are talented and fun, and they have beer from Kona Brewing Company. What more can you ask for? 
 

Schools 

Captain Cook falls under the Hawaii Department of Education School District. Top schools in this town include:
  • Honaunau Elementary School, Grades PK-5
  • Hookena Elementary School, Grades Pk-5
  • Konawaena Elementary School, Grades Pk-5
  • Konawaena Middle School, Grades 6-8
  • Konawaena High School, Grades 9-12 & Ungraded


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The following schools are within or nearby Captain Cook. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Category
Grades
School rating
Konawaena Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 5th
3/5

Demographics and Employment Data for Captain Cook, HI

Captain Cook has 1,096 households, with an average household size of 3.73. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Captain Cook do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,087 people call Captain Cook home. The population density is 317.91 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

4,087

Total Population

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

36.5

Median Age

54.51 / 45.49%

Men vs Women

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25-64 Years

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Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
1,096

Total Households

3.73

Average Household Size

$33,435

Average individual Income

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30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Around Captain Cook, HI

There's plenty to do around Captain Cook, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

2
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Papa Pops, Konalani Coffee Bar, and Captain Cook Trading.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.16 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.55 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 2.16 miles 29 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.34 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 2.16 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.32 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
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