7 days in Hilo & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

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Hilo
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Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
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Hilo — 2 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Family-friendly places like Imiloa Astronomy Center and Liliuokalani Gardens will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Devastation Trail & Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, and see the interesting displays at Lyman Museum.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hilo tour planning tool.

Spokane to Hilo is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In February, Hilo is much warmer than Spokane - with highs of 81°F and lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.
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Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums
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Kailua-Kona — 4 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Mauna Kea Beach will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Naalehu (Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz & Papakōlea Green Sand Beach). The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm & Konalani Coffee Bar, take in the waterfront at Kailua Pier, take a stroll through Holualoa Village, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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