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: Las Vegas
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Hilo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kawaihae
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Las Vegas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): shop like a local with Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hilo trip itinerary planner .

Las Vegas to Hilo is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in June: highs in Hilo hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Helicopter Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kawaihae.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

2
nights
Kawaihae

Kawaihae ©
Kawaihae is an unincorporated community on the west side of the island of Hawaii in the U.S. On the 12th (Wed), appreciate the views at Pololu Valley Lookout, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, then stroll through Mauna Kea Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Puukohola National Historic Park. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Statue "King Kamehameha", take in the exciting artwork at Ackerman Galleries, take in the dramatic natural features at Upolu Point, then explore the striking landscape of Lapakahi State Historical Park, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kawaihae trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Kawaihae takes an hour. In June, daytime highs in Kawaihae are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kawaihae

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Kapaau, Upolu Point
Highlights from your plan
Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach
Lapakahi State Historical Park ©
Lapakahi State Historical Park

2
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then trek along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and then get impressive views of Kīlauea. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center, hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then cruise along Devastation Trail, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Holei Sea Arch.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Kawaihae to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park when traveling from Kawaihae in June, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

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