18 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

18 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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18 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Kawaihae
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hilo
— 6 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Edmonton

2
nights
Kawaihae

Kawaihae is an unincorporated community on the west side of the island of Hawaii in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Puukohola Heiau. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, explore the striking landscape at Upolu Point, get a taste of the local shopping with Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele, then take in the exciting artwork at Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kawaihae travel route app .

Edmonton, Canada to Kawaihae is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Edmonton in February: high temperatures in Kawaihae hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kawaihae

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hawi, Kapaau, Island of Hawaii
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Puukohola Heiau ©
Puukohola Heiau
Keokea Beach Park ©
Keokea Beach Park

8
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Honaunau Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i and Hula Daddy Kona Coffee. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Captain Cook (Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary, Rooster Farms, & more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael the Archangel Church, and stroll through Mahai'ula Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Kawaihae to Kailua-Kona takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Holualoa, Kealakekua, Honaunau, Kula Kai Caverns
Highlights from your plan
St. Michael the Archangel Church ©
St. Michael the Archangel Church
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Holei Sea Arch and Hawaiian Vanilla Company. Shop till you drop at Hilo Farmers Market and Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery. Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Pahoa (Steam Vents & Kapoho Tide Pools), Volcano (Jagger Museum & Akatsuka Orchid Gardens) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Volcano Art Center, Kīlauea, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park, explore the striking landscape at Lava Viewing Area, head off the coast to Coconut Island, and stop by Big Island Candies.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hilo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Kalapana, Island of Hawaii, Pahoa
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Kapoho Tide Pools ©
Kapoho Tide Pools
Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

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