8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii route planner

Make it your trip
1
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Ocean View
Drive
3
Volcano
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Hilo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Honokaa
Drive
6
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights

S M T W T F S
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

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.
On the 8th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Kailua-Kona. In July in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ocean View.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Ocean View

Hawaiian Ocean View is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States located in the District of Kaū. On the 9th (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Ka Lae Light, relax in the rural setting at Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kula Kai Caverns.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ocean View travel planner.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Ocean View in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ocean View can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Volcano.

Things to do in Ocean View

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Volcano

— 2 nights
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then trek along Sulphur Banks, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): get interesting insight from Epic Lava Tours, admire the natural beauty at Volcano Garden Arts, then enjoy the sand and surf at Punalu‘U Beach, and finally admire all the interesting features of Devastation Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Volcano travel route tool.

You can drive from Ocean View to Volcano in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ocean View in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Volcano, with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hilo tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Volcano to Hilo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Honokaa.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature

Honokaa

Honokaa is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Hamakua District of Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Waipio Valley and then get great views at Waipiʻo Valley Lookout.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Honokaa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Honokaa takes an hour. When traveling from Hilo in July, plan for slightly colder days in Honokaa, with highs around 73°F, while nights are colder with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honokaa

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kailua-Kona

— 2 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

On the 13th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, then contemplate the waterfront views at Honaunau Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay).

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Honokaa to Kailua-Kona by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Honokaa in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kailua-Kona, with highs around 86°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
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.