17 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 5 nights
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Captain Cook
— 4 nights
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Waimea
— 2 nights
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Hilo
— 5 nights

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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 find plenty of places to visit near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Naalehu (South Point Complex, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), take a stroll through Kalapana, trek along Sulphur Banks, and stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park journey builder tool.

Minneapolis to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in February, things will get much hotter in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Captain Cook: Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz (in Naalehu), Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, relax in the rural setting at Pine Village Small Farm, and get a taste of the local shopping with Big Island Bees.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Captain Cook trip planner.

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Waimea.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm ©
Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

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Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): tee off at Mauna Lani Resort , kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, then explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, and then admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Waimea road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Captain Cook to Waimea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Captain Cook in February, expect nights in Waimea to be much colder, around 44°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park

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Hilo

Hilo ©

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Saddle Road (in Kailua-Kona). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Waimea to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in February, you will find days in Hilo are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are warmer (65°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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