14 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

14 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hilo
— 5 nights
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Naalehu
— 1 night
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Kailua-Kona
— 7 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, Kīlauea, &more), Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, and take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip planner.

Huntsville to Hilo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Naalehu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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Naalehu

Naalehu is a census-designated place in Hawaii County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Kula Kai Caverns, relax in the rural setting at Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, and finally enjoy the sea views from Ka Lae Light.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Naalehu online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Naalehu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Hilo in September: highs in Naalehu hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Naalehu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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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 Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Captain Cook (Big Island Bees & Hala Tree) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, contemplate the long history of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and take a memorable drive along Saddle Road.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona route maker site.

You can drive from Naalehu to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Traveling from Naalehu in September, you will find days in Kailua-Kona are somewhat warmer (87°F), and nights are much hotter (76°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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.