7 days in Hawaii Itinerary

7 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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7 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, and then kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): appreciate the views at Waimea Valley, see the vivid underwater world at Banzai Pipeline, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip itinerary planner .

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Honolulu is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in May; daily highs in Honolulu reach 84°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waimea Valley, Banzai Pipeline
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with Big Island Divers, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kealakekua Bay, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Honaunau Bay. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, then see some colorful creatures with Kona Diving Company, and finally wander the streets of Kailua Pier.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Getting from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Honaunau Bay, Kealakekua Bay
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Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Big Island Divers ©
Big Island Divers

2
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get impressive views of Kīlauea, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and then take a tour by water with Nautilus Dive Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with Hilo Ocean Adventures, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wailuku River State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo day trip planning site .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, Hilo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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