12 days in Oahu, Kailua-Kona & Hilo Itinerary

12 days in Oahu, Kailua-Kona & Hilo Itinerary

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Honolulu
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
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Hilo
— 3 nights

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Honolulu

Honolulu ©

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lulumahu Waterfall, Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, Halona Blowhole, and other attractions. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip itinerary builder.

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Honolulu sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona ©

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Rooster Farms, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Ka Lae, and other attractions. Step off the beaten path and head to Honaunau Bay and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Kona Diving Company ©
Kona Diving Company
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©

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Hilo

Hilo ©

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.
You've added Akaka Falls State Park, Holei Sea Arch, Kīlauea, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Hilo trip planning app.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, with lows around 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 · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

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