28 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

28 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip planner
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 6 nights
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Hilo
— 8 nights
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Waimea
— 6 nights
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Captain Cook
— 7 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — 6 nights

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Go for a jaunt from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Naalehu to see Papakōlea Green Sand Beach about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Devastation Trail, and wander the streets of Kalapana.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sightseeing site.

Durham to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Durham to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In April, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is somewhat warmer than Durham - with highs of 81°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Hilo.
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Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Hilo — 8 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Volcano (Epic Lava Tours, Jagger Museum, &more), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Kailua-Kona (Mauna Kea, Kailua Pier, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, stroll through Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, get a taste of the local shopping with Hilo Farmers Market, and stop by Big Island Candies.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hilo online trip builder.

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Waimea.
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Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Waimea — 6 nights

A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Get out of town with these interesting Waimea side-trips: Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Waikoloa (Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve & Anaehoomalu) and Statue "King Kamehameha" (in Kapaau). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach, explore the striking landscape of Lapakahi State Historical Park, and get a taste of life in the country at Parker Ranch.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Waimea online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Waimea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hilo in May: highs in Waimea hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Captain Cook.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Side Trips

Captain Cook — 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Captain Cook: Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala) and Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay, and stroll through Kahaluu Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Captain Cook day trip planning website.

Getting from Waimea to Captain Cook by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Waimea, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Captain Cook, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · 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.
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