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: Chicago
Fly:  13​h
1
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Waimea
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Honaunau
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Chicago


2
nights
Hilo

Hilo ©
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.
On the 13th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hilo trip planner .

Chicago to Hilo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. In July in Hilo, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Museums
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Mokupapapa Discovery Center ©
Mokupapapa Discovery Center

1
night
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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.
On the 15th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, then trek along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea and then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online journey planner .

Getting from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Jagger Museum
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

2
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach and then stroll through Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Waimea online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Waimea takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Waimea, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Honaunau.

Things to do in Waimea

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Mauna Kea Beach
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach

1
night
Honaunau

Hōnaunau is an unincorporated community on the island of Hawaii in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 18th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Honaunau online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Waimea to Honaunau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in July, expect nights in Honaunau to be much hotter, around 75°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honaunau

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Kahaluu Beach, Spas & Wellness
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Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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