9 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Waimea
— 3 nights
Fly + foot:  17​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Kailua-Kona

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.
Kealakekua Bay and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park will appeal to history buffs. Head to Kona Bay Books and Hilo Hattiefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Honaunau (Manini Kapahukapu Beach & Honaunau Bay). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Kona Boys, tour the pleasant surroundings at White Sand Beach, explore the striking landscape of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and kick back and relax at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip planner .

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 84°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Waimea.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Honaunau, Captain Cook, Kona Boys, Kahaluu Beach
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Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

3
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Waipio Valley and Puukohola National Historic Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Waialea Beach and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Waimea: Waikoloa (Anaehoomalu & Waikoloa Beach Resort) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Waimea driving holiday planner .

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Waimea in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, expect nights in Waimea to be much colder, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Waikoloa, Puukohola National Historic Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Waipio Valley
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Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley
Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park

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