Hawaii05 The white post is the monument to Captain Cook who was the explorer who first discovered Hawaii and landed in Kealakekua bay. The local Hawaiians initially thought he was a god because they had never seen ships or rifles or tri-cornered hats. However, when Cook returned to the cove to repair a ship that had broken it's mast they realized he was not a god. In a subsequent dispute about a stolen dingy the locals killed Cook on the site of this monument. Index page Previous page Next page