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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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
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Hilo
— 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at Quilt Passions, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, and take in the pleasant sights at Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona online attractions planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Edmonton to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. In February, Kailua-Kona is much warmer than Edmonton - with highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hilo

— 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and cruise along Banyan Drive.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Hilo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.