19 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

19 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip planner

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Waikoloa
— 8 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pahala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paauilo
— 2 nights

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Waikoloa

— 8 nights
Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Evening at Kahua Ranch (in Waimea) and Kapaau (Keokea Beach Park & Statue "King Kamehameha"). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, browse the exhibits of Parker Ranch, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, and explore the striking landscape of Lapakahi State Historical Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Waikoloa tour builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Waikoloa. In July, daytime highs in Waikoloa are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Waikoloa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, then explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm and then take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Waikoloa to Kailua-Kona takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pahala.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pahala

— 2 nights
Pahala is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 14th (Wed), explore and take pictures at South Point Complex and then enjoy the sand and surf at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach. On your second day here, Head underground at Kula Kai Caverns, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whittington Beach Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punalu‘U Beach.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pahala journey builder.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Pahala takes 2 hours. When traveling from Kailua-Kona in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Pahala, with highs around 73°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Pahala

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 2 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): cruise along Chain of Craters Rd, cruise along Devastation Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku). Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery, then hike along Sulphur Banks, and then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pahala to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes an hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pahala in July: highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Hilo

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look and learn at Imiloa Astronomy Center, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens. On the next day, shop like a local with Hilo Farmers Market, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, then see the interesting displays at Lyman Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

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

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Paauilo.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Paauilo

— 2 nights
Paauilo is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 20th (Tue), look for gifts at Waipo Valley Artworks, take some stellar pictures from Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Waipio Valley. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Hawaiian Vanilla Company, kick back and relax at Laupahoehoe Beach Park, and then examine the collection at Laupahoehoe Train Museum.

For maps and tourist information, use the Paauilo trip itinerary website.

Drive from Hilo to Paauilo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Hilo, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Paauilo, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 50°F.

Things to do in Paauilo

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Museums

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.