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On reaching Hawaii in early 1778, Cook saw that the Hawaiians were related to other Polynesian peoples. He explored several of the islands, which he named in honour of his patron Lord Sandwich. The islanders were fascinated by the Europeans' ships and their use of iron, and a bustling trade ensued. Cook then continued his north Pacific explorations.
Returning in November, the expedition was again well-received, and during the makahiki season Cook was feted almost as a god. They sailed off once more, but after a storm damaged Resolution's foremast Cook decided to return to Kealakekua Bay, anchoring there on 11 February 1779. Misjudging the mood of the Hawaiians, an ill-tempered Cook was killed there three days later, having tried to take the Hawaiian King hostage.
Death of Captain Cook
Pahoa (Dagger) of Swordfish Reputed to Be the One Which Killed Cook