8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hilo
— 1 night
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Hilo International Airport, Fly to Washington

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, then stroll the grounds of Alae Cemetery, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo holiday builder tool.

Washington to Hilo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Washington to Hilo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington in August since evenings lows in Hilo dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Tours · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, explore and take pictures at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, and relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kailua-Kona when traveling from Hilo in August, with lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 3 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then trek along Sulphur Banks, and finally get impressive views of Kīlauea. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Kalapana, then explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 71°F in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.