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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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
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Hilo
— 2 nights
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Kailua-Kona

— 3 nights

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.
Relax by the water at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Mauna Kea Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Swim with Dolphins and Kahaluu Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). There's still lots to do: tee off at Mauna Lani Resort , stop by The Original Donkey Ball Store, look for all kinds of wild species at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona day trip site.

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in February; daily highs in Kailua-Kona reach 81°F and lows reach 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 4 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Escape the urban bustle at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) and Sulphur Banks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Naalehu (Papakōlea Green Sand Beach & Ka Lae Light). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, trek along Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road trip tool.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hilo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, stop by Basically Books, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo journey site.

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

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.