8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip itinerary planner

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Hilo
— 1 night
Drive
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Drive
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Naalehu
— 1 night
Drive to Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole, Fly to Hato International Airport

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip planner.

Willemstad, Curacao to Hilo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Willemstad to Hilo, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Willemstad in December, things will get little chillier in Hilo: highs are around 31°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Swim with Dolphins and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Step out of Kailua-Kona with an excursion to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park in Honaunau--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the galleries of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Mauna Kea Beach.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona online holiday maker.

Drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Naalehu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Naalehu

— 1 night
Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. On the 27th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Punalu‘U Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Naalehu trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Naalehu in 2 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, expect nights in Naalehu to be colder, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Naalehu

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.