8 days in Kailua-Kona & Hilo Itinerary

8 days in Kailua-Kona & Hilo Itinerary

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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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Kailua-Kona. In April, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Hilo

— 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Carlsmith Beach Park, Coconut Island, Hilo Farmers Market, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get impressive views of Kīlauea. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaumana Caves Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Hilo Farmers Market, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carlsmith Beach Park, and finally head off the coast to Coconut Island.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hilo day trip planner.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in April, with lows around 67°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 5 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

Get a sense of the local culture at Kona Coffee Living History Farm and Puukohola National Historic Park. Explore hidden gems such as Kanaloa Octopus Farm and 49 Black Sand Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Puako (Puako Bay & Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area), Honaunau Bay (in Honaunau) and Waialea Beach (in Waimea). Enjoy Kailua-Kona some more: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiholo Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mauna Kea Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Puukohola Heiau.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona day trip website.

Getting from Hilo to Kailua-Kona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Hilo in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kailua-Kona, with lows around 73°F.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips