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: Philadelphia
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Waipio Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona online travel planner .

Philadelphia to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kailua-Kona when traveling from Philadelphia in August, with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

3
nights
Hilo

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then get impressive views of Kīlauea, and finally see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Hilo itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, expect little chillier with lows of 71°F in Hilo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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