14 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

14 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii journey planner

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Hilo
— 1 night
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kailua-Kona
— 7 nights
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Hilo

— 1 night

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 18th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alae Cemetery, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally stop by Basically Books. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally admire all the interesting features of Banyan Drive.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hilo road trip planner.

Denver to Hilo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Denver in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Hilo: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 3 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kīlauea and Chain of Craters Rd. Get in touch with nature at Sulphur Banks and Lava Viewing Area. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Holei Sea Arch, shop like a local with Volcano Art Center Gallery, and trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip app.

Drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 70°F at night. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 7 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kona Cloud Forest and Kanaloa Octopus Farm. Step out of the city life by going to Swim with Dolphins and Kula Kai Caverns. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Honaunau (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park & Honaunau Bay), Waialea Beach (in Waimea) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tee off at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Golf Course, admire the majestic nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona sightseeing website.

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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.