11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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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.
Popular historic sites such as St. Michael the Archangel Church and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kanaloa Octopus Farm and Mauna Kea Beach. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to The Captain Cook Monument (in Captain Cook), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at White Sand Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker.

Madison to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. While traveling from Madison, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Kailua-Kona, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips


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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 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Carlsmith Beach Park, stroll through Richardson Beach Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then stop by Basically Books, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Catholic Church,. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaiian Vanilla Company, immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo holiday builder site.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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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 23rd (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then identify plant and animal life at Devastation Trail, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, and finally stroll through Holei Sea Arch.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park route builder.

Drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. On the 24th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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.