11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 5 nights
Drive
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Naalehu
— 1 night
Drive
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Hilo
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona

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.
Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae), Mauna Loa Scenic Drive (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, kick back and relax at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lapakahi State Historical Park, and surround yourself with nature on Hawaii Forest and Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona travel planner.

Washington DC to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 83°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Naalehu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

1
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Naalehu

Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, then explore the fascinating underground world of Kula Kai Caverns, and then kick back and relax at Punalu‘U Beach.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Naalehu day trip site.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Naalehu by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, you will find days in Naalehu are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are colder (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Naalehu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

4
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Hilo

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.
Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip planning website.

Getting from Naalehu to Hilo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Naalehu in May, expect nights in Hilo to be warmer, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.