10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Hilo
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Kohala Coast
— 5 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  17​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Richardson Beach Park and Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Get outdoors at Kīlauea and Kehena Black Sand Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Devastation Trail & Volcano Art Center Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, kick back and relax at Honoli'i Beach Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Onomea Bay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hakalau Beach.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip itinerary builder tool .

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Hilo is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get much hotter in Hilo: highs are around 80°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Kohala Coast.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hakalau Beach, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Onomea Bay, Kolekole Beach Park
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Kehena Black Sand Beach ©
Kehena Black Sand Beach

5
nights
Kohala Coast

Kohala Coast ©
Dominated by the large volcano that looms in its background, Kohala Coast offers a quieter and less tourist-ridden alternative to the busier regions of Hawaii.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at 49 Black Sand Beach and Mauna Kea Beach. Visit Waialea Beach and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kohala Coast: Kealakekua Bay (in Captain Cook), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Kahaluu Beach (in Keauhou). There's much more to do: stroll through Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park, steep yourself in history at Puukohola Heiau, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Anaehoomalu.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kohala Coast trip itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Hilo to Kohala Coast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kohala Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, Waimea, Keokea Beach Park, Kealakekua Bay
Highlights from your plan
Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park ©
Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park
Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

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