7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii itinerary planner

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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
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Hilo
— 3 nights
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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: Hawi Center: Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele (in Hawi), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, kick back and relax at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, and experience rural life at Hala Tree.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona route planning site.

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Kailua-Kona is minus 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Kailua-Kona at 87°F and lows at 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hilo

— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Jagger Museum, get impressive views of Kīlauea, then stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally trek along Sulphur Banks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, stroll the grounds of Alae Cemetery, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in September, Hilo is slightly colder at night with lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.