8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 3 nights
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Hilo
— 1 night
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park side-trips: Naalehu (Papakōlea Green Sand Beach & Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz). There's much more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, get impressive views of Kīlauea, don't miss a visit to Holei Sea Arch, and get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center Gallery.

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Chicago to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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 20th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

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Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Tours · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the waterfront at Kailua Pier, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then experience rural life at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, and finally kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona visit website.

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Hilo in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 77°F in Kailua-Kona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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.