22 days in Island of Hawaii & New York City Itinerary

22 days in Island of Hawaii & New York City Itinerary

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22 days in Island of Hawaii & New York City Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Waimea
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Volcano
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Naalehu
— 1 night
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  15​h 45​min
5
New York City
— 7 nights
bus + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Swim with Dolphins and Kealakekua Bay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Hulihe‘e Palace. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Big Island Bees (in Captain Cook) and Honaunau Bay (in Honaunau). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kahaluu Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea Summit, relax in the rural setting at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and buy something for everyone on your list at Keauhou Shopping Center.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona holiday planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 20 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Brisbane in April since evenings lows in Kailua-Kona dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Honaunau, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Kahaluu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach

2
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Puukohola National Historic Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mauna Kea Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Anaehoomalu and then take some stellar pictures from Pololu Valley Lookout.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Waimea vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Waimea in an hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kailua-Kona in April: highs in Waimea hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Puukohola National Historic Park, Anaehoomalu, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park

5
nights
Volcano

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Step out of the city life by going to Kilauea Iki Trailhead and Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail. Get some cultural insight at Liliuokalani Gardens and Jagger Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Volcano: Hilo (Akaka Falls State Park & Hilo Farmers Market) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kalapana, Holei Sea Arch, & more). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Kīlauea, stroll through Pu'u Huluhulu trail, admire all the interesting features of Devastation Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Volcano trip builder.

Traveling by car from Waimea to Volcano takes 2 hours. While traveling from Waimea, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Volcano, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Naalehu.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

1
night
Naalehu

Naalehu ©
Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. On the 23rd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Punaluu Black Sand Beach and then kick back and relax at South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Naalehu online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Volcano to Naalehu takes an hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Volcano in April, with highs in Naalehu at 22°C and lows at 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Naalehu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Punalu‘U Beach
Highlights from your plan
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach

7
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get some cultural insight at Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Visit 9/11 Memorial and Gateway National Recreation for their historical value. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stroll through Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the New York City sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Naalehu to New York City. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 5 hours. When traveling from Naalehu in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in New York City: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Wed).

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Gateway National Recreation
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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