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: Newark
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hilo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Newark

4
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Punalu‘U Beach. There's lots more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, stroll through Sulphur Banks, take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Holei Sea Arch.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park travel itinerary planner .

Newark to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is minus 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Volcano, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Punalu‘U Beach
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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

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.
Attractions like Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Mauna Kea Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele (in Hawi). There's much more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and Head underground at Kula Kai Caverns.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip site .

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kailua-Kona, with lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Captain Cook, Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele, Kula Kai Caverns, Anaehoomalu
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

5
nights
Hilo

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.
Attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Laupahoehoe Beach Park in Laupahoehoe (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Richardson Beach Park, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and take in the pleasant sights at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo trip planning app .

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, Hilo is little chillier at night with lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Big Island Candies, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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