22 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

22 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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22 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kawaihae
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Naalehu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hilo
— 8 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Huntsville

9
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.
Do your shopping at Waikoloa Beach Resort and The Shops At Mauna Lani. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Waimea (Isaacs Art Center Museum and Gallery & Waialea Beach), Honaunau (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park & Honaunau Bay) and Waikoloa (Genesis Galleries LLC, Anaehoomalu, & more). There's still lots to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, play a few rounds at Mauna Lani Resort , see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona itinerary planning site .

Huntsville to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kailua-Kona when traveling from Huntsville in September, with lows around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kawaihae.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waikoloa, Honaunau, Keauhou, Waimea, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Kawaihae

Kawaihae ©
Kawaihae is an unincorporated community on the west side of the island of Hawaii in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, view the masterpieces at Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts, then shop like a local with Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Upolu Point. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, then take in the exciting artwork at Ackerman Galleries, then pause for some photo ops at Statue "King Kamehameha", and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kawaihae trip site .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Kawaihae takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Naalehu.

Things to do in Kawaihae

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hawi, Island of Hawaii, Kapaau
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Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach
Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele ©
Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele
Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts ©
Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts

1
night
Naalehu

Naalehu ©
Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. On the 14th (Sat), kick back and relax at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Whittington Beach Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punalu‘U Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Naalehu holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Kawaihae to Naalehu takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kawaihae in September, you will find days in Naalehu are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are cooler (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Hilo.

Things to do in Naalehu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Punalu‘U Beach
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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Whittington Beach Park ©
Whittington Beach Park

8
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.
Do your shopping at Hilo Farmers Market and Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Laupahoehoe Beach Park and Richardson Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Volcano (Volcano Garden Arts, 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass, & more) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Kalapana, & more). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Banyan Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and stop by Big Island Candies.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo trip itinerary builder website .

Take a bus from Naalehu to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Naalehu in September, expect nights in Hilo to be warmer, around 71°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Big Island Candies, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Hilo Farmers Market ©
Hilo Farmers Market
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park

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