25 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

25 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii attractions planner

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Hilo
— 8 nights
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Waimea
— 5 nights
Drive
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Captain Cook
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 7 nights
Drive to Hilo International Airport, Fly to Joplin Regional Airport

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Hilo

— 8 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Akaka Falls State Park and Rainbow Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Kailua-Kona (Mauna Kea, Swim with Dolphins, &more), Kapoho Tide Pools (in Pahoa) and Volcano (Jagger Museum & Epic Lava Tours). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, get outside with Pu'u 'O'o Vent, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo driving holiday tool.

Joplin to Hilo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Joplin to Hilo is minus 4 hours. In February, Hilo is much hotter than Joplin - with highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Waimea.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Waimea

— 5 nights
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Get in touch with nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Mauna Kea Beach. Explore Waimea's surroundings by going to Ackerman Galleries (in Kapaau) and Waikoloa (Anaehoomalu & Waikoloa Kings' Course). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, get out in the countryside at Parker Ranch, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Waimea online route builder.

You can drive from Hilo to Waimea in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Hilo in February, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Waimea: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Captain Cook

— 4 nights
A small town with big ocean views, Captain Cook lies on top of an ancient fault line that was responsible for creating the nearby Kealakekua Bay thousands of years ago.
Visiting Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and My Kona Adventures will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Captain Cook side-trips: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit (in Naalehu), Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kealakekua Bay, hike along The 1871 Trail, relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, and head outdoors with Hawaii Offshore.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Captain Cook online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Waimea to Captain Cook by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Waimea in February, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Captain Cook: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 7 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Escape the urban bustle at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) and Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Naalehu (Ka Lae, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, cruise along Devastation Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Mauna Loa Scenic Drive.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road trip app.

Traveling by car from Captain Cook to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
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.