The small, western town of Waimea is where the English explorer Capt. James Cook first landed in the Hawaiian Islands in 1778. The town has built a statue in his honor. This monument is actually a replica of the one that stands in his home town of Whitby, England. Cook continued on to sail to all the other islands until he was killed in 1779 on the Big Island following a dispute over a row boat.
Waimea is a good place to stop and get gas before you make the drive up to Waimea Canyon.