14 days in Hawaii Itinerary

14 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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14 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kona Historical Society. Get outdoors at Greenwell Farms and Swim with Dolphins. Step out of Kailua-Kona to go to Honaunau and see Honaunau Bay, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the water at your own pace with Jack's Diving Locker, experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in July; daily highs in Kailua-Kona reach 85°F and lows reach 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Honaunau, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
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Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Jack's Diving Locker ©
Jack's Diving Locker

2
nights
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): examine the collection at Jagger Museum and then get impressive views of Mt. Kilauea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then stroll through Kilauea Iki Trail, and finally cruise along Devastation Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Volcano vacation trip planner.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Volcano by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Volcano when traveling from Kailua-Kona in July, with lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo Coffee Mill
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

7
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Family-friendly places like Kapiolani Regional Park and Waimea Bay will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and The Byodo-In Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei) and Laniakea Beach (in Haleiwa). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at USS Arizona Memorial, admire the verdant scenery at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, stroll through Koko Crater Trail, and kick back and relax at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Honolulu trip generator.

Explore your travel options from Volcano to Honolulu with the Route module. Traveling from Volcano in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 75°F in Honolulu. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Ko Olina Lagoons, Nu’uanu Pali, Byodo-In Temple
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail

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