15 days in Honolulu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu
— 5 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
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Hilo
— 3 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
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Honolulu — 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center, and don't miss a visit to Battleship Missouri Memorial.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu online trip itinerary planner.

Los Angeles to Honolulu is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in April: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 83°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kailua-Kona.
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Kailua-Kona — 3 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, take in the waterfront at Kailua Pier, and don't miss a visit to Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Hilo.
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Hilo — 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Hawaiian Vanilla Company (in Paauilo), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Honokaa (Waipiʻo Valley Lookout & Kahi Ola Mau Farm). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, get a taste of the local shopping with Banyan Gallery, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hilo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kailua-Kona in April since evenings lows in Hilo dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 2 nights

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
On the 21st (Fri), view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and finally take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail. On the next day, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea and then trek along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

Make your Hawaii Volcanoes National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 1.5 hours. April in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

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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.
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