9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  27​h
1
Honolulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Fly:  29​h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pearl Harbor Tours as well as Waikiki Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Diamond Head State Monument. USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Honolulu with a short trip to Waimea Valley in Haleiwa, about 58 minutes away.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary planning tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Honolulu is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect nights in Honolulu to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kayaking & Canoeing, Waimea Valley
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Rainbow Falls. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Coconut Island and then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hilo road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Hilo takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature
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Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Coconut Island ©
Coconut Island

1
night
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 22nd (Thu), get impressive views of Kīlauea, see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jagger Museum
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

1
night
Kailua-Kona

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 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and then experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona route app .

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kailua-Kona, with lows around 29°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Hula Daddy Kona Coffee ©
Hula Daddy Kona Coffee

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