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Rent Kayaks at Kealakekua Bay with Ehu and Kai

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

Bri Leever, founder of Sun + Salt Campervans and four friends pose on kayaks and paddle boards in the middle of Kealakekua Bay.
Rent a kayak or stand up paddle board for your unique view of Kealakekua Bay

Are you planning a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii and looking for an exciting activity to add to your itinerary? Consider renting a kayak from Ehu and Kai Adventures and paddling to Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook monument.

As a Campervan Rental company, we always recommend our guests rent from Ehu and Kai for their Kealakekua Adventure (and stay the night in the Campervan right on the beach at Hookena Beach Park just down the road)

Kealakekua Bay, which literally means "the pathway of God" in Hawaiian, is a historic and sacred site located on the western side of the Big Island and it is a renown spot for snorkeling and kayaking. This is a significant and sacred place for Hawaiians, so please be respectful of this area and the culture.


To the Hawaiian people, the Captain Cook monument is a reminder of the arrival of foreigners. While Cook’s visit to Hawaii was significant, it also marked the beginning of a complex and often challenging relationship between Hawaiian people and outsiders. The monument represents a piece of history that reminds us all of the impact of colonialism and the need to protect and preserve our culture and land. Today, many locals and tourists visit the monument as a way of paying respects to our ancestors and the resilience of the Hawaiian people.

About Kealakekua Bay

The bay is home to a stunning coral reef that's teeming with marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and even dolphins. In addition to the natural beauty of the bay, there's also the Captain Cook monument, dedicated to the British explorer who invaded Hawaii in 1778.

How to Get There

There are three ways to get to Kealakekua Bay. First, you can hike down from the road. Be extremely careful getting in the water if you walk down not to touch any coral. The risk of touching the coral is why we do not recommending hiking.

The second is to pay for a chartered boat to take you. Please do not use the motorized boat services to get into Kealakekua Bay. Not only do the boats stress out the dolphins who live in the bay, but the noise and commercial use of the boats stand in stark contrast to the sacred spirit of this place.

The third and best way to see this spot is to rent a kayak from our friends, Ehu and Kai Adventures. This way, you enjoy the view of the bay during the quick 20-30 minute paddle across the bay. You might also get lucky and have dolphins swim up to your kayak and that alone is worth going with the kayaks! Your kayak cannot touch the shore, so they give you a rope to keep it tethered to you while you snorkel the reef.

How to Rent Kayaks

Renting a kayak from Ehu and Kai Adventures is an easy and affordable way to experience the beauty of Kealakekua Bay. The company offers kayaks for rent by the hour or for half-day and full-day rentals. All of their kayaks are single-seat sit-on-top models that are easy to maneuver and stable enough for beginners. They also provide life jackets and paddles, so you'll have everything you need for a safe and comfortable trip.

To rent a kayak from Ehu and Kai Adventures, all you need to do is show up at their rental location in Kealakekua Bay. They're open seven days a week from 8 am to 5 pm, so you can choose the time that works best for you. They also offer guided tours if you're new to kayaking or want to learn more about the history and culture of the area.

In addition to renting kayaks, Ehu and Kai Adventures also offer a variety of other activities, including snorkeling tours, stand-up paddleboarding, and hiking tours.

Overall, renting a kayak from Ehu and Kai Adventures is a great way to explore the natural beauty and history of Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook monument. Whether you're an experienced kayaker or a first-timer, they have everything you need to make your trip safe and enjoyable. So grab a paddle and get ready for an adventure you'll never forget!

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