31 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

31 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Captain Cook
— 6 nights
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Puako
— 5 nights
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Hilo
— 12 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 7 nights
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Captain Cook

— 6 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.
Attractions like Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kealakekua Bay make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Captain Cook side-trips: Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala), Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Naalehu (Ka Lae Light & Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz). There's much more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with My Kona Adventures, contemplate the waterfront views at Honaunau Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Two Step, and take a memorable drive along Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Captain Cook trip planner.

South Bend to Captain Cook is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from South Bend to Captain Cook, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from South Bend in March, expect Captain Cook to be much hotter, temps between 81°F and 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Puako.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Puako

— 5 nights
Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Hawai'i Surf and Kayak. Change things up with these side-trips from Puako: Waipo Valley Artworks (in Kukuihaele), Honokaa (Waipiʻo Valley Lookout & Mauna Kea Tea) and Statue "King Kamehameha" (in Kapaau). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Anaehoomalu, stroll through Waialea Beach, explore and take pictures at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, and play a few rounds at Mauna Lani Resort .

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Puako holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Captain Cook to Puako takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Puako are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Puako

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hilo

— 12 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Helicopter Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Pahala (Ka'u Coffee Mill & Wood Valley Temple), Volcano (Epic Lava Tours, Jagger Museum, &more) and Kailua-Kona (Kailua Pier, Swim with Dolphins, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, stroll through Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and see the sky in a new way at Imiloa Astronomy Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip itinerary website.

Drive from Puako to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Hilo, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Childrens Museums

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Ka Lae. Go for a jaunt from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Naalehu to see South Point Complex about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), take a memorable drive along Mauna Loa Scenic Drive, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and get outside with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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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.