8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
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Hilo
— 1 night
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona

— 2 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.
To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary builder app.

Washington DC to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Kailua-Kona is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in April, you will find days in Kailua-Kona are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are warmer (72°F). You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Hilo

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Punalu‘U Beach as well as Waipio Valley. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Punalu‘U Beach, step off the mainland to explore Coconut Island, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Hawaii Zipline Tours, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and then appreciate the views at Waipio Valley.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hilo day trip planner.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Hilo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Hilo, with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 3 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kama'aina Kayak and Snorkel EcoVentures as well as Ko Olina Lagoons. Popular historic sites such as Byodo-In Temple and Waimea Valley are in your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Diamond Head State Monument and Nu’uanu Pali. Change things up with a short trip to Laniakea Beach in Haleiwa (about 52 minutes away). It doesn't end there: work some fitness into your day at Ala Moana Beach Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu road trip planner.

You can fly from Hilo to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Honolulu are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.