11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hilo
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
End: New York City

6
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kahaluu Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Mauna Kea Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Ka Lae (in Naalehu) and Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, don't miss a visit to Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona online trip itinerary planner .

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 74°F in Kailua-Kona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Naalehu, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kahaluu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Punalu‘U Beach and Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Liliuokalani Gardens make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kulanaokuaiki Campground, Devastation Trail, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, stop by Honomu Goat Dairy, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in June, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punalu‘U Beach, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Honomu Goat Dairy
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground

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