12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip planner
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— 4 nights
Ocean View
— 1 night
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
— 2 nights


Kailua-Kona — 4 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Swim with Dolphins and Pololu Valley Lookout. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, head outdoors with Hawaii Offshore, stroll through Mauna Kea Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona itinerary planner.

Des Moines to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Des Moines in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kailua-Kona, with lows of 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ocean View.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

Ocean View — 1 night

Hawaiian Ocean View is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States located in the District of Kaū. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at South Point Complex, then enjoy the sand and surf at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz, and finally Head underground at Kula Kai Caverns.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Ocean View trip planner.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Ocean View in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Ocean View sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 4 nights

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, shop like a local with Volcano Art Center Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tour builder tool.

Drive from Ocean View to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ocean View in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Hilo.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trip

Hilo — 2 nights

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 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, then admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hilo trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Hilo sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Island of Hawaii travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · 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.