8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h 45​min
New York City

2
days
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.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), hike along Kilauea Iki Trail, and then cruise along Devastation Trail. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then get impressive views of Mt. Kilauea, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hilo trip planner.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Hilo is minus 5 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from New York City in February; daily highs in Hilo reach 79°F and lows reach 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum
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Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Jagger Museum
Akaka Falls State Park

5
days
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). Do some cultural sightseeing at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Hulihe‘e Palace. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax in the rural setting at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, stroll through Mauna Kea Beach, and get engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona tour planner.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kahaluu Beach, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Hulihe‘e Palace

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