14 days in Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

14 days in Island of Hawaii & Kauai Itinerary

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Hilo
— 2 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
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Lihue
— 4 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and then kick your exploration up a notch at The Umauma Experience. On your second day here, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, engage your brain at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo travel app.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get much hotter in Hilo: highs are around 80°F and lows about 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Tours · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

4
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery, take a stroll through Kalapana, and hike along Sulphur Banks.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park journey planning app.

Getting from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Na'alapa Stables - Kahua Ranch (in Waimea) and Big Island Eco Adventures II Zipline Canopy Tour (in Kapaau). There's much more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Lihue

Lihue or LÄ«hue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Venture out of the city with trips to CJM Country Stables (in Koloa) and Waimea (Waimea Canyon State Park & Polihale State Park). Next up on the itinerary: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, kick your exploration up a notch at Kauai Backcountry Adventures, see Kipu Ranch Adventures, and take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lihue tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lihue takes 2.5 hours. December in Lihue sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · 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.

Kauai travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Beaches
The Garden Isle
The northernmost of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai earned the nickname "Garden Island" because of its abundance of lush greenery and tropical plants, watered frequently with plentiful rainfall. Kauai's landscape continues to suffer from powerful erosion, resulting in natural attractions that include plunging canyons, tall mountain peaks, and the longest sandy coastline of all the Hawaiian islands. Offering a mild tropical climate and pristine wilderness areas largely unspoiled by mass tourism, Kauai is a great vacation destination for visitors eager to escape Hawaii's more crowded tourist resorts. For a genuine Kauai experience, join the locals for one of their famous traditional meat and vegetable feasts, prepared in underground pits lined with hot rocks.