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: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako) and Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele (in Hawi). The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, explore and take pictures at Saddle Road, kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea.

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San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get warmer in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 80°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kahaluu Beach, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Pololu Valley Lookout, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then stroll the grounds of Alae Cemetery, then take in the pleasant sights at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hilo travel planning website .

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Helicopter Tours

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