10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 5 nights
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Hilo
— 1 night
Drive
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
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Kailua-Kona

Heart of the Kona Coast

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Visit Waipio Valley and Mokuaikaua Church for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Swim with Dolphins and Kanaloa Octopus Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Captain Cook (The Painted Church & Kealakekua Bay), Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo). There's much more to do: stroll through 49 Black Sand Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, contemplate the waterfront views at Honaunau Bay, and sample the tasty concoctions at Kona Brewing Company.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Madison to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Madison in March, things will get warmer in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 81°F and lows about 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Hilo

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.
On the 19th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch, stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then shop like a local with Volcano Art Center Gallery, and finally get impressive views of Kīlauea.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
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.