8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
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Hilo
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, and sample the tasty concoctions at Kona Brewing Company.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker tool.

Boise to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boise to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boise in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 74°F in Kailua-Kona. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Devastation Trail, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, experience rural life at Honomu Goat Dairy, enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 69°F in Hilo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · 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.