16 days in Hana & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hana & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Hana & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  14​h 15​min
1
Hana
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Hilo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Houston


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2
nights
Hana

Hana ©
Hana is one of the most isolated communities in Hawaii, with a permanent population of just over 1,000 people.
You'll get in some beach time at Wai'anapanapa State Park and Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach). Step out of Hana to go to Haleakala National Park and see Haleakala Crater, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Hana Coast Gallery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Charles Lindbergh's Grave, shop like a local with Laura Mango Art Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kahanu Garden.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hana trip itinerary tool .

Houston to Hana is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Houston to Hana. In May, daytime highs in Hana are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Hana

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Haleakala National Park, Charles Lindbergh's Grave
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Wai'anapanapa State Park ©
Wai'anapanapa State Park
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach)
Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach)

5
nights
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: Laupahoehoe Beach Park and Carlsmith Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Kalapana, & more) and Volcano (Akatsuka Orchid Gardens & Jagger Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Basically Books.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hilo trip maker website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Hana to Hilo in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
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Helicopter Tours
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park

6
nights
Kailua-Kona

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.
Visit Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Mauna Kea Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala), Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). Next up on the itinerary: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, admire all the interesting features of Saddle Road, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mauna Kea Beach, Kahaluu Beach, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Punalu‘U Beach, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach

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