15 days in Island of Hawaii & New York City Itinerary

15 days in Island of Hawaii & New York City Itinerary

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Puako
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Drive
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Hilo
— 2 nights
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New York City
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Puako

— 1 night
Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tee off at Mauna Lani Resort and then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pololu Valley Lookout, then appreciate the history behind Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, and finally kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puako tour itinerary planner.

Durban, South Africa to Puako is an approximately 216-hour travel. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 12 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Puako when traveling from Durban in January, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Puako

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Kalapana, hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and get outside with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online tour planner.

Getting from Puako to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. January in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Neighborhoods

Hilo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, see the sky in a new way at Imiloa Astronomy Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and finally view the masterpieces at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, then admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then get a taste of the local shopping with Hilo Farmers Market, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hilo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

New York City

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Central Park, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and see the interesting displays at 9/11 Memorial.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read New York City trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Hilo to New York City takes 16.5 hours. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Hilo to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hilo in January, expect New York City to be cooler, temps between 5°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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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.