17 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Taxi:  14 h 15 min
1
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Captain Cook
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Waimea
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Hilo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Minneapolis

5
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Naalehu (South Point Complex, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), stroll through Sulphur Banks, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Minneapolis to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in February, things will get much hotter in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Captain Cook.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Naalehu
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Captain Cook: Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View), Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz (in Naalehu) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, experience rural life at Greenwell Farms, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and enjoy the sand and surf at Honaunau Bay.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Captain Cook trip planner.

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Captain Cook in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Waimea.

Things to do in Captain Cook

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Holualoa, Honaunau, Kula Kai Caverns, Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz
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Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm ©
Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Kula Kai Caverns ©
Kula Kai Caverns

2
nights
Waimea

Waimea ©
A vast agricultural land with one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States, Waimea embraces its ranching roots.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): tee off at Mauna Lani Resort , kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, then explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, and then admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Waimea road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Captain Cook to Waimea takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Captain Cook in February, expect nights in Waimea to be much colder, around 44°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kawaihae, Island of Hawaii, Mauna Lani Resort , Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Saddle Road (in Kailua-Kona) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hilo trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Waimea to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Waimea in February, expect nights in Hilo to be warmer, around 65°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Honomu Goat Dairy, Saddle Road, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Banyan Drive
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Helicopter Tours
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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