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: Kansas City
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Papaikou
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

3
nights
Papaikou

Papaikou ©
Papaikou is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, and is a few miles north of the county seat, Hilo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Papaikou: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Kilauea Iki Trailhead, & more), Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, stop by Big Island Candies, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Papaikou travel route planner.

Kansas City to Papaikou is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Kansas City to Papaikou due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 71°F in Papaikou. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Papaikou

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Big Island Candies, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Helicopter Tours

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Papaikou to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puukohola National Historic Park, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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