8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
Foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Waimea
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  14​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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.
You've now added Hawaii Forest and Trail to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Kealakekua Bay (in Captain Cook) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with Big Island Divers, stop by Island Naturals Market and Deli Kailua Kona, get interesting insight from Kona Diving Company, and relax in the rural setting at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona vacation app .

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Kailua-Kona is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kailua-Kona, with lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Waimea.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kealakekua Bay, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Kahaluu Beach, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Greenwell Farms
Highlights from your plan
Big Island Divers ©
Big Island Divers
Kona Diving Company ©
Kona Diving Company

1
night
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
On the 9th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, then appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, and then stroll through Waipio Valley.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Waimea holiday planner.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Waimea in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in June, expect nights in Waimea to be colder, around 48°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Pololu Valley Lookout ©
Pololu Valley Lookout
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley

3
nights
Hilo

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.
Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (KÄ«lauea & Kilauea Iki Trailhead). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, stroll through Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, and examine the collection at Lyman Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hilo vacation site .

Getting from Waimea to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in June, you will find days in Hilo are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are much hotter (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls