10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona

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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.
Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Akaka Falls State Park will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Puukohola National Historic Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Volcano Art Center Gallery & Kilauea Iki Trailhead), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and stroll through Papakōlea Green Sand Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

Valparaiso to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 64-hour travel. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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Island of Hawaii travel guide

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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.