15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Captain Cook
— 2 nights
3
Captain Cook
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Honaunau
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  17​h
End: Philadelphia

6
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Pololu Valley Lookout. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele (in Hawi), Hilo (Rainbow Falls & Liliuokalani Gardens) and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). Next up on the itinerary: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip planning site .

Philadelphia to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Kailua-Kona is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Philadelphia in August since evenings lows in Kailua-Kona dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hilo, Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Pololu Valley Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

2
nights
Captain Cook

Captain Cook ©
A small town with big ocean views, Captain Cook lies on top of an ancient fault line that was responsible for creating the nearby Kealakekua Bay thousands of years ago.
Kids will enjoy Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kahaluu Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Captain Cook: Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu), Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kealakekua Bay, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, appreciate the history behind The Captain Cook Monument, and stop by Big Island Bees.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Captain Cook trip planning site .

Captain Cook is very close to Kailua-Kona. In August in Captain Cook, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Kula Kai Caverns, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kahaluu Beach, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Punalu‘U Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

3
nights
Captain Cook

Captain Cook ©
You've now added Manini Kapahukapu Beach to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Manini Kapahukapu Beach, experience rural life at Greenwell Farms, then kick back and relax at Honaunau Bay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Painted Church, and finally experience rural life at Rooster Farms. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Mauna Loa Scenic Drive, then admire the natural beauty at Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary, and then look for gifts at Kona Joe Coffee.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Captain Cook using our trip planner.

Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Honaunau, Mauna Loa Scenic Drive
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Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Greenwell Farms ©
Greenwell Farms
Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary ©
Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary

3
nights
Honaunau

Honaunau ©
Hōnaunau is an unincorporated community on the island of Hawaii in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ho‘Okena Beach Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Honaunau Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Honaunau: Naalehu (Ka Lae Light, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, & more) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala).

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Honaunau trip planner .

Honaunau is very close to Captain Cook. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honaunau

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Naalehu, Ho‘Okena Beach Park, Punalu‘U Beach
Highlights from your plan
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach

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