7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
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Papaikou
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Kailua-Kona

— 3 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Hawi Center: Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele (in Hawi) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). And it doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, and kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona online attractions planner.

Charlotte to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Charlotte to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Charlotte in December: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 82°F and lows are around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Papaikou.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Papaikou

— 3 nights
Papaikou is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, and is a few miles north of the county seat, Hilo. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, and finally hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alae Cemetery, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Papaikou trip planning tool.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Papaikou by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Papaikou, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Papaikou

Parks · Nature · Tours · Trails

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.