It is said after the death of Keawe‘īkekahiali‘iokamoku, his bones (iwi) were housed on the west side of the island (Kona) at The City of Refuge (Puuhonua O Honaunau) National Historic Park. A few miles north of the city of refuge on January 18, 1778, Captain James Cook landed in Kealekekua Bay, making him the first-known explorer not of Polynesian descent to come to Hawaii, opening Hawaii up to the rest of the world.
Today, visitors and locals alike will notice flourishing agricultural crops (such as the world-renown Kona Coffee) on those same hills Captain James Cook might have viewed or fished in the same waters when he once sailed in hopes of landing big-game fish. On occasion the Kona waters bring in catches of over 1000-lb Marlins, Dolphin Fish (Mahimahi), carrying a mild white delightful flavor, Wahoo, and Yellow Fin Tuna, which are all brought in fresh daily.
On the shores of Kona, visitors and locals can treat themselves to an exhibition of historic sites. In the town on Kailua is where King Kamehameha may have spent his last years in power. There, in Kailua stands a reconstructed Hawaiian temple attributed to him. Within a short walk is one of the former homes of Hawaiian Royalty (Hulihee Palace) and Hawaii’s first Christian Church (Mokuaikaua).