A white obelisk marks the spot when one of the 18th century's great navigators and cartographers was clubbed and stabbed to death. Captain James Cook was the first European to visit what he named the Sandwich Islands (his boss was the Earl of Sandwich).
It was during a subsequent visit that Cook was killed. In fairness to the Hawaiians, Cook had been trying to kidnap their king when he and his men were chased back to the beach. And despite murdering Cook, the Hawaiians so esteemed him that they roasted and hacked the flesh from his bones and, according to some accounts, ate it.
By kjfitz @ 2009-11-10 21:01:51