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Kealakekua Bay Historical District


  • Address: Mamalahoa Hwy (HI 11)
  • Vicinity: SW of Captain Cook
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

Marines were falling on the rocks or as they began to wade out, tantalisingly close to salvation. Private Harrison appeared to the boat's crews to be literally hacked to pieces. Tom Fatchett went down too, his head as red from gushing blood as his uniform jacket. John Jackson, Oldest of the privates and a veteran who had survived a long campaign in Germany, was struck by a spear in the face, just below the eye. Screaming with pain, he attempted to draw it out, and it broke off, With blood pouring from the wound, he waded out and fell into the sea... Our unfortunate Commander, the last time he was seen distinctly, was standing on the water's edge, and calling out to the boats to cease firing, and to pull in. If it be true, as some of those who were present have imagined, that the boat-men had fired without his orders, and that he was desirous of preventing any further bloodshed, it is not improbable, that his humanity, on this occasion, proved fatal to him... having turned about, to give his orders to the boats, he was stabbed in the back, and fell with his face into the water. - Lieutenant Molesworth Phillips, wounded in the fight by a spear.

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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1779/01/17 William Bligh Sailing Master The Resolution and Discovery sight Kealakekua Bay on the morning of January 17, 1779. Third Voyage of James Cook
1779/01/17 George Vancouver Midshipman The Resolution and Discovery sight Kealakekua Bay on the morning of January 17, 1779. Third Voyage of James Cook
1779/02/04 Having replenish their provisions, the English depart Kealakekua Bay. Third Voyage of James Cook
1779/02/13 While sailing down the Kohala coast, the ships encountered a gale that damaged the mast on the Resolution. The ships return to Kealakekua to make repairs. Third Voyage of James Cook
1779/02/14 James Cook Died Captain James Cook is killed at Kealakekua Bay by Hawaiian natives. Third Voyage of James Cook
1779/02/14 William Bligh Sailing Master Captain James Cook is killed at Kealakekua Bay by Hawaiian natives. Third Voyage of James Cook
1779/02/14 Kalaniopuu Ali'i (chief) of Kohala After an armorer's tongs and a cutter are stolen from the Discovery, Captain Cook goes ashore with nine marines to take Kalaniopuu hostage. Third Voyage of James Cook

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Particulars for Kealakekua Bay Historical District:
Historic Use Battle site
Cultural Affiliation British
Historic Use Ceremonial site
Area of Significance Commerce
Cultural Affiliation Hawaiian
Landscape Type Heiau
Area of Significance Historic - aboriginal
Area of Significance Historic and non-aboriginal
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Criteria Information Potential
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Area of Significance Politics-government
Area of Significance Prehistoric
Owner Private
Historic Use Religious Property
Owner State
Historic Use Village site



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 73000651
Resource Type:
Owner: Private, State
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Heiau
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Prehistoric, Historic - aboriginal, Commerce, Historic and non-aboriginal, Politics-government
Applicable Criteria: Event, Person, Information Potential
Criteria Consideration: Religious property
Cultural Affiliation: Hawaiian, British
Period of Significance: 1900-1750 AD, 1749-1500 AD
Significant Year: 1779
Associated People: Kalaniopuu,et al.
Historic Function: Domestic, Religion, Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Village site, Ceremonial site, Battle site
Current Function: Domestic, Government
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling

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