10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip planner

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Puako
— 2 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
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Hilo
— 5 nights
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Puako

— 2 nights
Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Change things up with a short trip to Statue "King Kamehameha" in Kapaau (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, steep yourself in history at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, and play a few rounds at Mauna Lani Resort .

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puako trip planner.

Kansas City to Puako is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Puako is minus 4 hours. June in Puako sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Puako

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 2 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): hike along Pu'u Huluhulu trail, then explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch, then cruise along Chain of Craters Rd, and finally head outdoors with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then trek along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park vacation planning site.

Traveling by car from Puako to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Puako in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hilo

— 5 nights

America's Wettest City

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kailua-Kona (Swim with Dolphins, Mokuaikaua Church, &more) and Hula Daddy Kona Coffee (in Holualoa). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, cruise along Saddle Road, and stroll through Richardson Beach Park.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Hilo, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.