Plaque marking area where Captain Cook died is back (for now)

KEALAKEKUA BAY, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The plaque marking the area where Captain James Cook met his end was installed once again Friday.

The memorial has had some bad luck since its original installation in 1928 — with thefts, disappearances and damages plaguing its past.

It reads: Near this spot Captain James Cook met his death, Feb. 14, 1779.

It was replaced by the British Consulate in the Hawaiian Islands, but it was damaged when thieves attempted to take it in 1985.

Five years later, another plaque was installed, but it was later removed after high tides dislodged it.

Now, the new plaque is in its spot near where the captain met a violent end on Hawaii island.

On  Feb. 14, 1779, Cook and some of his men were killed on what is now Kealakekua State Historical Park.

Cook was the first European to make formal contact with the Hawaiian Islands in 1778 in Kauai. He made a return in 1779 and landed at Kealakekua Bay.

Shortly after leaving the bay, Cook had to return to Kealakekua to repair his ship.

During the first few landings, religious significance may have been attached to the European's arrival and times were mostly peaceful. But tensions built up during Cook's return and a group of Hawaiians took one of Cook's cutters, a small boat.

Cook then attempted to kidnap Chief Kalanaiopuu.

Hawaiians gathered on the shore and attempted to prevent the chief from being taken.

Cook was then struck on the head and stabbed to death, falling face-first onto the surf.

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