8 days in Kailua-Kona & Honolulu Itinerary

8 days in Kailua-Kona & Honolulu Itinerary

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8 days in Kailua-Kona & Honolulu Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  12​h
1
Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Honolulu
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Trudy's Island Arts, look for gifts at Waikoloa Beach Resort, and then immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary builder website .

Tokyo, Japan to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tokyo to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 19 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Tokyo in December; daily highs in Kailua-Kona reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Waikoloa Beach Resort ©
Waikoloa Beach Resort

5
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Waikiki Beach and Kapiolani Regional Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ala Moana Center and Ko Hana Distillers. Venture out of the city with trips to Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa), Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at USS Arizona Memorial, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ko Hana Distillers, Sunset Beach Park, Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Ala Moana Center ©
Ala Moana Center
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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