9 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Island of Hawaii trip planner

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 2 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Get out of town with these interesting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park side-trips: Naalehu (Papakōlea Green Sand Beach & Ka Lae Light). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, identify plant and animal life at Devastation Trail, get great views at Holei Sea Arch, and contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park route builder site.

Los Angeles to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, things will get a bit warmer in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: highs are around 82°F and lows about 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Waikoloa.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip


— 2 nights
Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Puukohola National Historic Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mauna Kea Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts, then admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout, then fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Quest, and finally kick back and relax at Anaehoomalu.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Waikoloa road trip planning site.

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Waikoloa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Waikoloa when traveling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in May, with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Waikoloa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips


— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Kailua-Kona (Mauna Kea, Kailua Pier, &more). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Hilo online trip planner.

Getting from Waikoloa to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Waikoloa in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hilo, with lows around 67°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Island of Hawaii travel guide

Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.