8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Fly
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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Honaunau
— 1 night
Drive
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Hilo
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona online vacation planner.

San Diego to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Diego in August, with highs in Kailua-Kona at 87°F and lows at 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Honaunau.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Honaunau

Hōnaunau is an unincorporated community on the island of Hawaii in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 2nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Honaunau Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Manini Kapahukapu Beach, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Honaunau tour planner.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Honaunau in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Honaunau

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Holei Sea Arch, don't miss a visit to Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Honaunau to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park when traveling from Honaunau in September, with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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Hilo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then see the interesting displays at Lyman Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, see the sky in a new way at Imiloa Astronomy Center, then shop like a local with One Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo trip planner.

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in September, and nighttime lows around 71°F. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Parks

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.