A plaque, placed on a cairn of rough stonework, at the site of Cook’s landing. The great banyan tree which was here at the time is no longer, but a younger tree, a descendant of the original, stands at the site.
Nearby is a small souvenir and craft shop.
The site was recently overhauled, and interpretive signage placed here.
Plaque on monument:
HERE STOOD FORMERLY THE GREAT BANYAN
“MALUMALU- ˙O – FULILANGI” OR CAPTAIN COOK’S
TREE UNDER THE BRANCHES OF WHICH THE
CELEBRATED NAVIGATOR CAME ASHORE ON HIS
WAY TO VISIT PAU. THE TU˙I TONGA (SACRED
KING OF TONGA) ON THE OCCASION OF THE
INASI (PRESENTATION OF THE FIRST FRUITS)
IN THE YEAR 1777.
GPS Coordinates: -21.146597, -175.251548
Cooks Log, page 421, vol. 9, no. 1 (1986)
Cook's Log, page 30, vol. 32, no. 1 (2009)
Cook’s Log, page 4, vol. 45, no. 1 (2022)