16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Drive
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Kealakekua
— 1 night
Taxi
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Captain Cook
— 1 night
Drive
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Honaunau
— 1 night
Drive
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Volcano
— 1 night
Drive
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Pahoa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hilo
— 1 night
Drive
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Papaikou
— 1 night
Drive
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Hakalau
— 1 night
Drive
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Honokaa
— 1 night
Drive
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Kukuihaele
— 1 night
Drive
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Hawi
— 1 night
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Kailua-Kona

— 1 night

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.
On the 12th (Wed), fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then trek along Maka'eo Walking Path, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Living Ocean Adventures, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mahai'ula Beach.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona route planner.

Denver to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Denver to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in February, expect Kailua-Kona to be much warmer, temps between 81°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kealakekua.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Kealakekua

— 1 night
Kealakekua is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get outside with Hawaii Offshore, enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, get engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kona Historical Society, then savor the flavors at Greenwell Farms, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Kealakekua trip maker app.

Kealakekua is very close to Kailua-Kona. In February in Kealakekua, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Kealakekua

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Captain Cook

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then trek along Kealia Ranch, then stroll through Pae'a, and finally kick back and relax at Two Step.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Captain Cook itinerary maker app.

Captain Cook is very close to Kealakekua. February in Captain Cook sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Honaunau.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Honaunau

— 1 night
Hōnaunau is an unincorporated community on the island of Hawaii in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, kick back and relax at Honaunau Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Manini Kapahukapu Beach, then kick back and relax at Ho‘Okena Beach Park, and finally hike along The 1871 Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Honaunau day trip planner.

Honaunau is just a short distance from Captain Cook. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Volcano.

Things to do in Honaunau

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Volcano

— 1 night
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pu'u Huluhulu trail, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Volcano Garden Arts, hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and finally hike along Sulphur Banks.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Volcano driving holiday app.

Getting from Honaunau to Volcano by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Volcano can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pahoa.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Pahoa

— 3 nights
Pāhoa is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawai‘i County, Hawai‘i, United States located in the District of Puna. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kapoho Tide Pools and Lava Viewing Area. Get in touch with nature at Kalapana and Ahalanui Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Kehena Black Sand Beach, walk around Kaimu Beach Park, immerse yourself in nature at Lava Tree State Park, and take a memorable drive along Red Road (Hwy 137).

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Pahoa travel planner.

Traveling by car from Volcano to Pahoa takes an hour. In February in Pahoa, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Pahoa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Hilo

— 1 night

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.
To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Pahoa to Hilo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Hilo are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. You'll set off for Papaikou on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Papaikou

— 1 night
Papaikou is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, and is a few miles north of the county seat, Hilo. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Onomea Tea Company, contemplate the waterfront views at Onomea Bay, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and finally relax in the rural setting at Hamakua Chocolate Farm.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Papaikou trip itinerary app.

Papaikou is very close to Hilo. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Hakalau.

Things to do in Papaikou

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Hakalau

— 1 night
Hakalau is a small unincorporated community located along the Hamakua coast about 15mi north of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii in the U.S. state of Hawaii at.The Hakalau Stream flows from the slopes of Mauna Kea, in the area of and flows into the Pacific Ocean.Hakalau was once a thriving, multiethnic sugarcane plantation town up until the early 1960s when the plantation originally called Hakalau Plantation Company began to decline. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at Laupahoehoe Train Museum, kick back and relax at Laupahoehoe Beach Park, and then stroll through Hakalau Beach.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hakalau day trip planning site.

Hakalau is just a stone's throw from Papaikou. February in Hakalau sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Honokaa.

Things to do in Hakalau

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Honokaa

— 1 night
Honokaa is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Hamakua District of Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, admire the sheer force of Hiilawe Falls, then relax in the rural setting at Mauna Kea Tea, then relax in the rural setting at Kahi Ola Mau Farm, and finally get outside with Kalopa State Recreation Area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Honokaa road trip planning website.

You can drive from Hakalau to Honokaa in an hour. Traveling from Hakalau in February, you will find days in Honokaa are slightly colder (67°F), and nights are much colder (44°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kukuihaele.

Things to do in Honokaa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Kukuihaele

— 1 night
Kukuihaele is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 23rd (Sun), look for gifts at Waipo Valley Artworks and then appreciate the views at Waipio Valley.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kukuihaele online journey planner.

Kukuihaele is just a stone's throw from Honokaa. In February, daily temperatures in Kukuihaele can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Hawi.

Things to do in Kukuihaele

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Hawi

— 1 night
Hawi is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 24th (Mon), cruise along Kohala Mountain Road, contemplate the long history of Puukohola Heiau, stroll through Puukohola National Historic Park, explore the striking landscape of Lapakahi State Historical Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kohala Mountain Range.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hawi attractions planning site.

You can drive from Kukuihaele to Hawi in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Hawi are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hawi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.