10 days in Wailuku & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Wailuku & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Wailuku & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
1
Wailuku
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
Wailuku

Wailuku ©
Wailuku is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and D.T. Fleming Beach Park. You'll explore and learn at Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum and Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley, stop by Karen Lei's Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wailuku Union Church, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Wailuku trip maker website .

Minneapolis to Wailuku is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. In October, Wailuku is warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 88°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Wailuku

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum, Kahakuloa Bay, Karen Lei's Gallery, D.T. Fleming Park, Helicopter Tours
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D.T. Fleming Park ©
D.T. Fleming Park
Iao Valley ©
Iao Valley
Helicopter Tours

1
night
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road trip site .

Getting from Wailuku to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In October, daytime highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Jagger Museum
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Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

2
nights
Hilo

Hilo ©
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 29th (Tue): savor the flavors at Hilo Farmers Market, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lyman Museum, get curious at Imiloa Astronomy Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo holiday maker website .

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 October, daytime highs in Hilo are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Laupahoehoe Beach Park
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Pacific Tsunami Museum ©
Pacific Tsunami Museum
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park

2
nights
Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, then contemplate the long history of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Lava Light Galleries, get engrossed in the history at Hulihe'e Palace, and then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kona Coffee Living History Farm
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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