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10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary
Start: New York City
foot + Fly: 9h 30min
Kailua-Kona— 3 nights
Waimea— 1 night
Drive: 1h 15min
Hilo— 4 nights
Fly + bus: 14h 45min
End: New York City
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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.You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Kealakekua Bay (in Captain Cook) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with Big Island Divers, relax in the rural setting at Greenwell Farms, take a memorable tour with Kona Boys, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea.
To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip builder website .
New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Kailua-Kona. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kailua-Kona when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Waimea.
Things to do in Kailua-Kona
Kealakekua, Kahaluu Beach, Kealakekua Bay, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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 1st (Wed): get great views at Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, stroll through Waipio Valley, then trot along with Na'alapa Stables - Waipio Valley, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pololu Valley Lookout.
For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Waimea trip itinerary website .
Getting from Kailua-Kona to Waimea by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Kailua-Kona in June, plan for slightly colder days in Waimea, with highs around 71°F, while nights are colder with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.
Things to do in Waimea
Island of Hawaii, Na'alapa Stables - Waipio Valley, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
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.Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kīlauea, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, & more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, see the sky in a new way at Imiloa Astronomy Center, examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, and meet the residents at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo road trip website .
Drive from Waimea to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in July, expect nights in Hilo to be much warmer, around 71°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Hilo
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum
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