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Captain Cook is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawai i County, Hawai imarker, in the United Statesmarker. As of the 2000 census, the CDP population was 3,206. The community, which is actually located in the land division of Kealakekua, is so named because the post office for the area was located in the Captain Cook Coffee Co. during the early 1900s.


Captain Cook is located at (19.498211, -155.904275). According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 12.2 square miles (31.5 km²), all of it land.

Most of Captain Cook lies between the 800- and elevation, which makes it ideal as a coffee growing region. It sits on the top of an ancient fault which created the famous Kealakekua Baymarker. Prior to the 1960s, most of Captain Cook was part of the vast Kealakekua Ranch, founded in the 1850s by English immigrant Henry Nicholas Greenwell.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,206 people, 1,152 households, and 822 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 263.6 people per square mile (101.8/km²). There were 1,223 housing units at an average density of 100.6/sq mi (38.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 33.44% White, 0.22% African American, 0.19% Native American, 31.63% Asian, 7.86% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 25.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.05% of the population.

There were 1,152 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 103.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $47,644, and the median income for a family was $60,179. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $27,155 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $21,237. About 5.4% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Points of interest


Hawaii Department of Education operates public schools. Konawaena Elementary School is in Captain Cook CDP.


  2. " Konawaena Elementary School." Hawaii Department of Education. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  3. " Captain Cook CDP, Hawaii." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.
  4. " Kealakekua CDP, Hawaii." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 21, 2009.

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