31 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

31 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Captain Cook
— 6 nights
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Puako
— 5 nights
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Hilo
— 12 nights
Drive
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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 My Kona Adventures make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Captain Cook side-trips: Naalehu (Ka Lae Light & Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz), Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Honaunau Bay, get outside with Hawaii Offshore, and stop by Big Island Bees.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Captain Cook day 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. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from South Bend in March, with highs in Captain Cook at 81°F and lows at 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Puako.
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 Mauna Lani Resort . Change things up with these side-trips from Puako: Honokaa (Waipiʻo Valley Lookout & Mauna Kea Tea), Statue "King Kamehameha" (in Kapaau) and Waipo Valley Artworks (in Kukuihaele). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with Hawai'i Surf and Kayak, contemplate the long history of The Puako Petroglyphs, appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Waialea Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puako trip planner.

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. March in Puako sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Hilo.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

Hilo — 12 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Swim with Dolphins and Liliuokalani Gardens. Venture out of the city with trips to Kailua-Kona (Kailua Pier, Mokuaikaua Church, &more), Volcano (Epic Lava Tours, Jagger Museum, &more) and Pahala (Ka'u Coffee Mill & Wood Valley Temple). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, see the sky in a new way at Imiloa Astronomy Center, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, and see the interesting displays at Lyman Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hilo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puako to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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. Next up on the itinerary: 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 trek along Pu'u Huluhulu trail.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park day trip site.

You can drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. 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 travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

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.