7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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7 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kawaihae
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Naalehu
— 1 day
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo journey builder app .

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Hilo. In August, daytime highs in Hilo are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kawaihae.

Things to do in Hilo

#Parks, #Nature
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

1
night
Kawaihae

Kawaihae ©
Kawaihae is an unincorporated community on the west side of the island of Hawaii in the U.S. On the 3rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kawaihae trip website .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kawaihae takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Hilo in August: high temperatures in Kawaihae hover around 73°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kawaihae

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kealakekua Bay, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahaluu Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Kawaihae to Kailua-Kona takes an hour. When traveling from Kawaihae in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Kailua-Kona: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Naalehu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trips

Kealakekua Bay, Kahaluu Beach, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
Naalehu

Naalehu ©
Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Punaluu Black Sand Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Naalehu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Naalehu takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Kailua-Kona, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Naalehu, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naalehu

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Punalu‘U Beach
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Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach

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