8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7 h
1
Hilo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Hilo

Hilo ©
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 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Kilauea Iki Trailhead, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, stroll the grounds of Alae Cemetery, get a new perspective on nature at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, and admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens.

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

San Francisco to Hilo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in February; daily highs in Hilo reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

4
nights
Kailua-Kona

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and get engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. You will leave for home on the 18th (Tue).

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pololu Valley Lookout, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puukohola National Historic Park, H.N. Greenwell Store Museum
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Swim with Dolphins
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

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