16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Start: Denver
Fly:  9 h
1
Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
Kealakekua
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
3
Captain Cook
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
4
Honaunau
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Volcano
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
6
Pahoa
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
7
Hilo
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
8
Papaikou
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
9
Hakalau
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
10
Honokaa
— 1 night
Drive:  15 min
11
Kukuihaele
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
12
Hawi
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Denver

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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.
On the 12th (Wed), fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, thentrek along Maka'eo Walking Path, thenidentify plant and animal life at Living Ocean Adventures, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mahai'ula Beach.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona route planner.

Denver to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Denver to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in February, expect Kailua-Kona to be much warmer, temps between 81°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kealakekua.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Maka'eo Walking Path ©
Maka'eo Walking Path

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Kealakekua

Kealakekua ©
Kealakekua is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): get outside with Hawaii Offshore, enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, get engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, see the interesting displays at Kona Historical Society, thenrelax in the rural setting at Greenwell Farms, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kealakekua tour planner.

Kealakekua is just a short distance from Kailua-Kona. In February, daily temperatures in Kealakekua can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Kealakekua

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Keauhou
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Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach
Kona Historical Society ©
Kona Historical Society
H.N. Greenwell Store Museum ©
H.N. Greenwell Store Museum

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Captain Cook

Captain Cook ©
A small town with big ocean views, Captain Cook lies on top of an ancient fault line that was responsible for creating the nearby Kealakekua Bay thousands of years ago.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, thentrek along Kealia Ranch, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Pae'a, and finally kick back and relax at Two Step.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Captain Cook itinerary maker app.

Captain Cook is very close to Kealakekua. February in Captain Cook sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Honaunau.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay
Kona Coffee Living History Farm ©
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Kealia Ranch ©
Kealia Ranch

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Honaunau

Honaunau ©
Hōnaunau is an unincorporated community on the island of Hawaii in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, explore the activities along Honaunau Bay, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Manini Kapahukapu Beach, thenkick back and relax at Ho‘Okena Beach Park, and finally hike along The 1871 Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Honaunau day trip planner.

Honaunau is just a short distance from Captain Cook. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Volcano.

Things to do in Honaunau

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ho‘Okena Beach Park
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Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©
The 1871 Trail ©
The 1871 Trail

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Volcano

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pu'u Huluhulu trail, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, browse the exhibits of Volcano Garden Arts, hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, thensee the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and finally hike along Sulphur Banks.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Volcano driving holiday app.

Getting from Honaunau to Volcano by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Volcano can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pahoa.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

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Pahoa

Pahoa ©
Pāhoa is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawai‘i County, Hawai‘i, United States located in the District of Puna. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kapoho Tide Pools and Kehena Black Sand Beach. Get in touch with nature at Kalapana and Kilauea Caverns of Fire. Step out of Pahoa to go to Kalapana and see Lava Viewing Area, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Ahalanui Park, immerse yourself in nature at MacKenzie State Park, head outdoors with Pahoa Pool, and take a memorable drive along Red Road (Hwy 137).

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Pahoa travel planner.

Traveling by car from Volcano to Pahoa takes an hour. In February in Pahoa, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Pahoa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kalapana, Kilauea Caverns of Fire, MacKenzie State Park, Kalapana
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Kapoho Tide Pools ©
Kapoho Tide Pools
Kehena Black Sand Beach ©
Kehena Black Sand Beach
Lava Viewing Area ©
Lava Viewing Area

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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.
To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Pahoa to Hilo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Hilo are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. You'll set off for Papaikou on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Papaikou

Papaikou ©
Papaikou is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States, and is a few miles north of the county seat, Hilo. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Onomea Tea Company, enjoy the sand and surf at Onomea Bay, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally relax in the rural setting at Hamakua Chocolate Farm.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Papaikou trip itinerary app.

Papaikou is very close to Hilo. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for Hakalau.

Things to do in Papaikou

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Onomea Bay
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Onomea Bay ©
Onomea Bay
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Hawaii Plantation Museum ©
Hawaii Plantation Museum

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Hakalau

Hakalau ©
Hakalau is a small unincorporated community located along the Hamakua coast about 15mi north of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at Laupahoehoe Train Museum, kick back and relax at Laupahoehoe Beach Park, and then stroll through Hakalau Beach.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hakalau day trip planning site.

Hakalau is just a stone's throw from Papaikou. February in Hakalau sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Honokaa.

Things to do in Hakalau

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Laupahoehoe
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Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Laupahoehoe Train Museum ©
Laupahoehoe Train Museum

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Honokaa

Honokaa ©
Honokaa is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Hamakua District of Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, admire the sheer force of Hiilawe Falls, thenrelax in the rural setting at Mauna Kea Tea, thenrelax in the rural setting at Kahi Ola Mau Farm, and finally get outside with Kalopa State Recreation Area.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Honokaa road trip planning website.

You can drive from Hakalau to Honokaa in an hour. Traveling from Hakalau in February, you will find days in Honokaa are slightly colder (67°F), and nights are much colder (44°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kukuihaele.

Things to do in Honokaa

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Hiilawe Falls ©
Hiilawe Falls
Kalopa State Recreation Area ©
Kalopa State Recreation Area
Waipiʻo Valley Lookout ©
Waipiʻo Valley Lookout

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Kukuihaele

Kukuihaele ©
Kukuihaele is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get impressive views of Kohala, look for gifts at Waipo Valley Artworks, and then appreciate the views at Waipio Valley.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kukuihaele planner.

Kukuihaele is just a short distance from Honokaa. In February, daily temperatures in Kukuihaele can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hawi.

Things to do in Kukuihaele

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Island of Hawaii
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Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley
Kohala ©
Kohala
Waipo Valley Artworks ©
Waipo Valley Artworks

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Hawi

Hawi ©
Hawi is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 24th (Mon), cruise along Kohala Mountain Road, contemplate the long history of Puukohola Heiau, stroll through Puukohola National Historic Park, explore the striking landscape of Lapakahi State Historical Park, thentake in the exciting artwork at Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kohala Mountain Range.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hawi attractions planning site.

You can drive from Kukuihaele to Hawi in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Hawi are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hawi

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Kawaihae
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Puukohola National Historic Park ©
Puukohola National Historic Park
Kohala Mountain Road ©
Kohala Mountain Road
Puukohola Heiau ©
Puukohola Heiau

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