16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 30​min
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
Kohala Coast
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Captain Cook
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Toronto


Hilo ©
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Richardson Beach Park and Honoli'i Beach Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Liliuokalani Gardens and Coconut Island. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead & Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). There's still lots to do: look and learn at Imiloa Astronomy Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Catholic Church,, stop by Hilo Hatties, and explore the activities along Wailuku River State Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Hilo trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In August, Hilo is somewhat warmer than Toronto - with highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Kohala Coast.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Jagger Museum
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Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park

Kohala Coast

Kohala Coast ©
Dominated by the large volcano that looms in its background, Kohala Coast offers a quieter and less tourist-ridden alternative to the busier regions of Hawaii.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Puukohola Heiau and Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Waialea Beach and Anaehoomalu. Get out of town with these interesting Kohala Coast side-trips: Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Keokea Beach Park (in Kapaau) and Na'alapa Stables - Waipio Valley (in Kukuihaele). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with Kohala Divers, get to know the fascinating history of The Puako Petroglyphs, immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kohala Coast trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a bus from Hilo to Kohala Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Hilo in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Kohala Coast. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Kohala Coast

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, Waimea, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Keokea Beach Park
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Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach
Kohala Divers ©
Kohala Divers
Puukohola Heiau ©
Puukohola Heiau

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Painted Church and White Sand Beach. Visit Kealakekua Bay and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Captain Cook to Kailua-Kona to see Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Honaunau Bay, take a memorable tour with Adventures in Paradise Kayak & Snorkel, pause for some photo ops at The Captain Cook Monument, and kick back and relax at Magic Sands.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Captain Cook online holiday planner .

You can drive from Kohala Coast to Captain Cook in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Captain Cook can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua, Honaunau, Kahaluu Beach
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Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay
Torpedo Tours ©
Torpedo Tours

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