9 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Kahului, Maui
bus + Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Hilo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
End: Kahului, Maui

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), & more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

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Kahului to Hilo is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Kahului in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Hilo: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Helicopter Tours
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

5
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Waipio Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the fascinating underground world of Kula Kai Caverns, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hilo in August since evenings lows in Kailua-Kona dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Pololu Valley Lookout, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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