8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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8 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Kahului, Maui
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h
End: Kahului, Maui

3
nights
Kailua-Kona

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 Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

Kahului to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 4-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

3
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.
Spend the 22nd (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Kulanaokuaiki Campground. There's much more to do: stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center, and head outdoors with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park route maker .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 67°F in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hilo itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Helicopter Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

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