Route & dates
8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary
Start: New York City
Foot + Fly: 9h 30min
Kailua-Kona— 2 nights
Waimea— 1 night
Drive: 1h 15min
Hilo— 3 nights
Fly + Bus: 14h 45min
End: New York City
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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'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
Kealakekua Bay, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Kahaluu Beach, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Greenwell Farms
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
Island of Hawaii, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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.Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kīlauea & 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
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum