3 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

3 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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3 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly:  7​h
1
Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 day
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Jose

1
night
Kailua-Kona

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.
Bring the kids along to Akaka Falls State Park and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead & Devastation Trail), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Hilo (Liliuokalani Gardens & Rainbow Falls). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, kick back and relax at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, explore and take pictures at Pololu Valley Lookout, and make a trip to Saddle Road.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona route site .

San Jose to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Jose to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kailua-Kona when traveling from San Jose in July, with lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Nature Parks
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Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park when traveling from Kailua-Kona in July, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jagger Museum
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

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