8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip planner

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Papaikou
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Kailua-Kona
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Papaikou

— 3 nights
Papaikou is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, and is a few miles north of the county seat, Hilo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Papaikou: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), &more), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Volcano (Akatsuka Orchid Gardens & Jagger Museum). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Papaikou online tour builder.

Durham to Papaikou is an approximately 68-hour travel. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Papaikou is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Durham in April, expect Papaikou to be somewhat warmer, temps between 81°F and 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Papaikou

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Hawi Center: Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele (in Hawi) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, and admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout.

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Getting from Papaikou to Kailua-Kona by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in April, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Beaches

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.