10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
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Naalehu
— 1 night
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Hilo
— 2 nights
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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.
Relax by the water at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kahaluu Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kealakekua Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa), Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Honaunau Bay (in Honaunau). Next up on the itinerary: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip planner.

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 87°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Naalehu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Naalehu

Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Punalu‘U Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Whittington Beach Park, and then kick back and relax at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Naalehu trip app.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Naalehu in 2 hours. When traveling from Kailua-Kona in September, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Naalehu: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Naalehu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and finally admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park. On your second day here, trek along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens.

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Getting from Naalehu to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Naalehu in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Hilo: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.