23 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

23 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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23 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Keauhou
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Waimea
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Kawaihae
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Honokaa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Ocean View
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Volcano
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Pahoa
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Seattle

3
nights
Keauhou

Keauhou ©
Keauhou is an unincorporated community on the island of Hawaii in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kahaluu Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manini Kapahukapu Beach and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kealakekua Bay, look for gifts at Keauhou Store, relax in the rural setting at Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Keauhou journey planner.

Seattle to Keauhou is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Keauhou is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Seattle in January, expect Keauhou to be much hotter, temps between 80°F and 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Keauhou

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Captain Cook, Manini Kapahukapu Beach, Keauhou Store
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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay
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.
On the 12th (Sat), stop by Waimea Center and then immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. On the next day, kick back and relax at Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Waimea trip itinerary planning site .

Waimea is very close to Kawaihae. In January, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Honokaa.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park ©
Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park
Waimea Center ©
Waimea Center

3
nights
Kawaihae

Kawaihae ©
Kawaihae is an unincorporated community on the west side of the island of Hawaii in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mauna Kea Beach and Anaehoomalu. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Keokea Beach Park. The adventure continues: stroll through 49 Black Sand Beach and contemplate the long history of Puukohola National Historic Park.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kawaihae travel planning site .

Kawaihae is just a short distance from Waimea. In January, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Honokaa.

Things to do in Kawaihae

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waikoloa, Keokea Beach Park, Mauna Kea Beach
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Anaehoomalu ©
Anaehoomalu
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park

2
nights
Honokaa

Honokaa ©
Honokaa is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Hamakua District of Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Waipio Valley Shuttle. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get outside with Kalopa State Recreation Area, see Waipio Valley Shuttle, and then take some stellar pictures from Waipio Valley Lookout. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Hawaiian Vanilla Company, see the interesting displays at Laupahoehoe Train Museum, and then make a trip to Laupahoehoe Beach Park.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Honokaa vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Kawaihae to Honokaa takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in January, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ocean View.

Things to do in Honokaa

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Laupahoehoe, Hawaiian Vanilla Company, Waipio Valley Shuttle
Highlights from your plan
Waipio Valley Shuttle ©
Waipio Valley Shuttle
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Kalopa State Recreation Area ©
Kalopa State Recreation Area

1
night
Ocean View

Ocean View ©
On the 19th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Kula Kai Caverns and then kick back and relax at South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ocean View trip planner .

You can drive from Keauhou to Ocean View in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Keauhou in January, you will find days in Ocean View are slightly colder (66°F), and nights are colder (44°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Ocean View

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
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Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

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nights
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.
On the 20th (Sun), hike along Pu'u Huluhulu trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Devastation Trail, and then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead. On the next day, take a stroll through Kalapana, then don't miss a visit to Holei Sea Arch, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online route planner .

You can drive from Ocean View to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ocean View in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Volcano.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail
Holei Sea Arch ©
Holei Sea Arch
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll through Punalu'u Beach and then admire all the interesting features of Crater Rim Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): experience rural life at Ka'u Coffee Mill, take a memorable drive along Chain of Craters Rd, and then examine the collection at Jagger Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Volcano tour planning tool .

Volcano is just a stone's throw from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In January in Volcano, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Volcano

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Ka'u Coffee Mill
Highlights from your plan
Chain of Craters Rd ©
Chain of Craters Rd
Ka'u Coffee Mill ©
Ka'u Coffee Mill
Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then indulge your taste buds at Hilo Farmers Market, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hilo route builder site .

Traveling by car from Volcano to Hilo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pahoa.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

4
nights
Pahoa

Pahoa ©
Pāhoa is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawai‘i County, Hawai‘i, United States located in the District of Puna. Step out of the city life by going to Kapoho Tide Pools and Ahalanui Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lava Tree State Park and Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Lava Viewing Area, enjoy the sand and surf at Kehena Black Sand Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Kilauea Caverns of Fire, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Isaac Hale Beach Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pahoa trip tool .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Pahoa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Pahoa can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pahoa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kalapana, Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market, Kilauea Caverns of Fire
Highlights from your plan
Kehena Black Sand Beach ©
Kehena Black Sand Beach
Kapoho Tide Pools ©
Kapoho Tide Pools
Lava Viewing Area ©
Lava Viewing Area

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