12 days in Oahu, Kailua-Kona & Hilo Itinerary

12 days in Oahu, Kailua-Kona & Hilo Itinerary

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12 days in Oahu, Kailua-Kona & Hilo Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Honolulu
— 4 nights
Fly:  30​min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h
End: New York City

4
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lulumahu Waterfall, Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Halona Blowhole, and other attractions you added. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Honolulu online trip itinerary maker .

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Oahu, Kayaking & Canoeing, Haleiwa Town Center
Highlights from your plan
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
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.
You've added Rooster Farms, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Ka Lae, and other attractions to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Honaunau Bay.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona takes 4 hours. In August in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Naalehu, Honaunau, King Kayak Hawaii, Rooster Farms
Highlights from your plan
Kona Diving Company ©
Kona Diving Company
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Akaka Falls State Park, Holei Sea Arch, Kīlauea, and other attractions. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hilo journey builder site .

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Hilo, with lows of 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Kea
Highlights from your plan
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

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