Captain Cook Real Estate

About Captain Cook

Captain Cook Hawaii is a community in South Kona within the major division of Kealakekua. The actual Captain Cook area stretches several miles but is technically a Census-designated place and not an actual city.

However, there is a post office in the area and got its name not only from the famous Captain Cook but also for the island-style Captain Cook coffee shop offering amazing views and excellent coffee overlooking 26 miles of gorgeous Hawaii coastline. Captain Cook is also just 10-15 minutes from shopping and restaurants via the new by-pass road to Alii Drive headed toward Kona.

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Nestled on the west side of the island, it's bordered to the north by Kealakekua and to the south by Honaunau-Napoopoo. The major highway route 11 passes directly to the community heading south around the tip of the island and north to Kailua-Kona. Along this windy stretch of road are plantations, estates, darling little bed and breakfasts, beautiful homes, and wonderful overlooks, as well as your traditional fruit stands along the road.

Best Coffee on the Island

The majority of Captain Cook sits between 800 foot and 2000 foot elevation and doesn't stretch all the way to the ocean. This is why it makes such a great coffee-growing region. The Law the Ridge soil in the Captain Cook area is prized for some of the best coffee growing land in all of the island. The area sits on top of an ancient fault that created the famous Kealakekua Bay. Up until about the 1960s, most of the Captain Cook area was part of the Kealakekua Ranch founded by English immigrant Henry Nicholas Greenwell.

There are approximately 3800 residents throughout the Captain Cook area. It is situated on active volcanoes and contains large sections of land that are considered part of the lava flow hazard zone 2. However, much of this area has been rebuilt over the years but along Highway 11 you'll pass through several large stretches of jagged lava from flows decades prior.


Captain Cook is part of the Hawaii Department of Education and the small but quaint Konawaena elementary school is found on the west side of Highway 11 about halfway through Captain Cook.

Captain Cook is prized as being one of the Big Island's hidden gems. There's so much to see, explore, and taste such as our famous Kaaloa's Super J's known for authentic Hawaiian food and some fantastic 'loco moco'. But you don't have to take our word for it, it's the number 30 spot on Yelp's top 100 places to eat so the word has gotten out.

The Captain Cook Monument

If you're up for a hike, you'll have to check out the Captain Cook Monument by winding down one of the steepest trails on the islands. This is not for the faint of heart so be sure to pack water and some good hiking boots but once you get down there, the snorkeling is some of the best on the island. The Captain Cook Monument honoring British the Capt. James Cook, thought to be the first Westerner to set sights on the Hawaiian Islands back in 1778 sits at the end of this unique hike. Unfortunately, the Monument is also the location of his death. Today, snorkelers, hikers, kayakers and boaters all can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil spot only accessible via foot or boat. While not actually within the boundary of Captain Cook, it is a notable landmark in the area.

Because Captain Cook is so large and covers so much land, you can find beautiful little homes starting around $450,000, lots to build, or gorgeous plantations for over $1 million. If you're looking to rent out a property, there are many vacation homes, properties, and plantations ideal for vacationers or long-term rentals. Most homes in Captain Cook have sensational views! Feel free to browse available listings below or simply contact my office at any time for personal and showing of any home for sale in Captain Cook.

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