After almost a year to the date of their first sighting, Cook's ships return to the Islands, this time seeking refuge in the harbor off Kealakekua on Hawai`i Island. Three weeks later, Cook and his crew depart but gale winds damage the Resolution's
mast and the ships return for repairs. When the Discovery's
cutter is stolen, Cook goes on shore the next morning with nine armed marines to take Chief Kalani`opu`u hostage. Hawaiian warriors fall on the Englishmen, killing Cook and four marines. Avenging Cook's death, sailors kill scores of Hawaiians, burn heiau, and bomb villages before leaving Hawai`i. Read More.