In Captain Cook? Must-See Attractions Along Mamalahoa Highway

Captain Cook is a beautiful little town on the Big Island, and it attracts many tourists who are vacationing in Hawaii. As you drive along the famous Mamalahoa Highway that passes through the town, you will find many interesting attractions that are worth exploring, ranging from museums to natural sites. BBOnline recommends that you visit these places when you are in Captain Cook.

Royal Kona Visitor Center
83-5427 Mamalahoa Highway
Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704
(808) 328-2511
www.royalkonacoffee.com/AboutRoyalKonaCoffee/RoyalKonaVisitorCenter/tabid/258/Default.aspx

Royal Kona Coffee is one of Hawaii's most famous products, and it is exported to many countries around the world. Whether you are a coffee lover or not, you should take the opportunity to visit the Royal Kona Visitor Center during your Captain Cook vacation. At the visitor center, you can take a self-guided tour of the coffee plantations in the area, and learn about how coffee cherries are processed into Royal Kona's delicious coffee. There is also a gallery in the center that shows the history of coffee farming and processing on the Big Island. A wide range of coffees and teas are also available for sampling, ranging from chocolate coffee to peaberry coffee.

The Royal Kona Visitor Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and admission is free. To get to the visitor center from your Captain Cook Bed and Breakfast, just drive south for about 12 miles on the Mamalahoa Highway. The center is located at the South Kona Forest Reserve.

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
82-6188 Mamalahoa Highway
Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704
(808) 323-3318
www.bishopmuseum.org/exhibits/greenwell/greenwell.html

This is a wonderful botanical garden that is dedicated to the study and display of native Hawaiian plants. The garden covers a total area of 15 acres, and it is home to more than 200 different species of plants, including the kukui, taro and the endangered koki'o. There are altogether 4 sections in the garden, namely, the agricultural zone, the dry forest zone, the coastal zone and the upland forest zone. You will also find an archaeological site that features stone structures belonging to the Kona Field System, which is a 50 square-mile area where gardens and farms existed before the arrival of foreigners.

The Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. everyday, except Tuesday. If you are driving from your Captain Cook Inn, you can park your car at the garden's parking lot for free.

Kealia Ranch
86-4181 Mamalahoa Highway
Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704
(808) 323-2655
www.kealiaranch.com/

The Kealia Ranch is another attraction on Mamalahoa Highway that you must not miss, especially if you are interested in hunting and hiking. This ranch is set on a large piece of land with diverse terrain, and it stretches from the western shores of the Big Island to the slopes of the 13,680-foot Mauna Loa, the world's largest shield volcano. It is an excellent site for bird and wildlife watching, hiking and hunting. A wide variety of native birds can be found in the ranch, ranging from the endangered Hawaiian crow Alala to I'o the Hawaiian Hawk. For information about tours and hunts, you can check out the Kealia Ranch website.