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Hawaii Island Itineraries

Because Hawaii Island is so big (it takes roughly 3 hours and 15 minutes to get from Kona Airport to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park), it’s best to plan your itineraries by location. Below you’ll find seven days of itinerary suggestions. Choose your itinerary depending on where you’re staying and the length of stay.

Day 1: Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) and Keauhou
Lively Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) is the heart of the Kona Coast featuring a variety of hotels, shops and restaurants lining Alii Drive. But Kailua Village is also an incredibly historic area, home to Hulihee Palace, Mokuaikaua Church and Ahuena Heiau, all within walking distance of each other. Look into the past just north of Kailua-Kona at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, a place to learn about early Hawaiian culture. Take a surfing lesson or go snorkelling at Kahaluu Beach and other beaches in the Kailua Village and Keauhou resort areas. After a beautiful Kona sunset, enjoy nightlife along Alii drive with great food and live music. For the more adventurous, go on an unforgettable night-dive with manta rays.

 
Beaches of Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island features some of the most picturesque and varied beach landscapes in the islands.

Beaches , Natural Beauty , Surfing , snorkeling , scuba , Hiking , Water Adventures , land adventures
Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona), Hawaii Island

Historic Kailua Village is a lively seaside town in the heart of Kona home to shopping, dining and important historic sites.

Accommodations , Dining , Nightlife , Entertainment , History , Sunset
Hulihee Palace, Hawaii Island

Travel back to the days of the Hawaiian monarchy at Hulihee Palace, located right on Alii Drive in the heart of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona).

History , Landmark , Culture and Arts , land adventures , Horseback Riding , Natural Beauty
Keauhou, Hawaii Island

The Keauhou resort area, just south of Historic Kailua Village in Kona, is where you can often spot manta rays and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles).

Accommodations , Water Adventures , Dining , Wellness and Rejuvenation , Beaches , snorkeling , scuba , History
Manta Ray Diving on Hawaii Island

The Kona Coast of Hawaii Island offers the best opportunity to encounter Hawaii’s amazing manta rays.

Beaches , scuba , snorkeling , Manta Ray , Water Adventures
Surfing on Hawaii Island

Whether watching surfers or taking your first surf lesson, Hawaii Island offers fantastic surf adventures from Hilo to Keauhou.

Water Adventures , Surfing , Beaches
Day 2:  South Kona and Beyond
Visit Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park to step back in time and learn about early Hawaiian culture. Kealakekua Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District popular with snorkellers and the site of Captain James Cook’s death. In fact, south Kona’s beaches are a great place for snorkellers because of its calm and clear waters. Tour a Kona coffee farm in south Kona or in the art village of Holualoa and taste 100% Kona Coffee. Then get off the beaten track and take a road trip to Ka Lae (South Point), the southernmost point in the United States.
Coffee Plantations on Hawaii Island

There are hundreds of coffee farms in Kona, from Holualoa to Kealakekua, that harvest the uniquely Hawaiian Kona coffee bean, as well as boutique coffee plantations in Kau, Puna and Hilo.

Dining , Coffee
Holualoa, Hawaii Island

Java is the juice that powers Holualoa, the little village and art enclave in the heart of Kona coffee country.

Ecotourism , Coffee , Plantations , Farms and Gardens , Culture and Arts
Ka Lae (South Point), Hawaii Island

Travel to the southern cliffs of Hawaii Island in the Kau region and gaze out at the endless Pacific Ocean.

Off the Beaten Path , History , Landmark , land adventures , Natural Beauty , Volcanoes
Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii Island

Learn about early Hawaiian history at this National Historic Park, historic place of refuge and former royal grounds.

History , Landmark , Culture and Arts , attractions , Hiking
Day 3:  Kohala Coast & North Kohala
See the amazing contrasts between the black lava lined Kohala Coast and lush North Kohala. Start your day in Kohala’s fantastic resorts playing golf or indulging in a spa treatment. Then explore historic sites like the Puukohola Heiau National Historical Park and the Lapakahi State Historical Park. Head to the green pastures of Waimea and go horseback riding with an authentic paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy). Then continue driving to lovely Hawi for delicious food and fantastic shopping. Along the way, be sure to visit sites like the Mookini Heiau State Monument, the King Kamehameha Statue in Kapaau and the breathtaking view from the Pololu Valley Overlook.
 
Hawi, Hawaii Island

Spend a few hours browsing the peaceful haven of Hawi, North Kohala’s biggest little town,

History , Dining , Shopping , Natural Beauty , Culture and Arts , land adventures , sky adventures , Off the Beaten Path , Hiking , Volcanoes
Kamehameha Statue, Kapaau, Hawaii Island

Just beyond the lovely town of Hawi in North Kohala is the small town of Kapaau. In front of the North Kohala Civic Center stands the original King Kamehameha I Statue, erected not far from where Hawaii’s greatest king was born.

History , Landmark , Culture and Arts , Events , Entertainment , Luau , Hula
Pololu Valley Lookout, Hawaii Island

Offers a breathtaking view overlooking Pololu Valley, a black sand beach and the northeastern coastline.

Natural Beauty , Off the Beaten Path , Hiking , Beaches , Landmark , land adventures , Plantations , farms and gardens
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii Island

Part of the National Park System, this historic site is home to one of the largest and last heiau (temple) built in Hawaii.

History , Landmark , attractions , Whale watching , Culture and Arts
Waimea, Hawaii Island

Travel to the cool, green pastures of Waimea to discover paniolo (cowboy) country, as well as fine dining, shopping and culture.

land adventures , Natural Beauty , Horseback Riding , Dining , attractions , Accommodations
Day 4:  Hamakua Coast
On the northeastern Hamakua Coast of the island, spend the day driving along the Hamakua Heritage Corridor to see amazing scenic views, waterfalls and botanical gardens. Spectacular waterfalls that are easily accessible include Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls in the Wailuku River State Park. See rare and exotic plants at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. Stop in Honokaa Town to browse the shops and art galleries. Finally, end your trip with an unforgettable view at the Waipio Valley Lookout.
 
Akaka Falls State Park, Hawaii Island

Akaka Falls State Park features two amazing waterfalls, Akaka Falls (134 metres) and Kahuna Falls (30 metres).

Waterfalls , Natural Beauty , sky adventures , land adventures , Whale watching , Water Adventures , snorkeling , Off the Beaten Path , Landmark , Entertainment , Beaches , attractions
Hamakua Heritage Corridor, Hawaii Island

Take a memorable drive from Hilo to the Waipio Valley Lookout to see scenic overlooks, waterfalls, botanical gardens and small towns.

Waterfalls , Natural Beauty , Off the Beaten Path , land adventures
Wailuku River State Park, Hawaii Island

If you’re looking for a waterfall near Downtown Hilo, take a short drive west on Waianuene Avenue to Wailuku River State Park.

Landmark , Off the Beaten Path , Natural Beauty , sky adventures
Waipio Valley Lookout, Hawaii Island

Located on the northern Hamakua Coast, the sacred Waipio Valley was the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I, and an important center for political and religious life in Hawaii.

Natural Beauty , Off the Beaten Path , Culture and Arts , History , land adventures
Waterfalls on Hawaii Island

Some of Hawaii Island's most breathtaking and accessible waterfalls can be discovered along the Hilo and Hamakua Coast.

Waterfalls , Hiking , Natural Beauty , sky adventures
Day 5:  Volcano and Kau
You can easily spend a day exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Take a day hike through its miles of trails, see sights like Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube), Halemaumau Crater and see lava meet the sea at lookout points at the end of Chain of Craters Road or in nearby Kalapana. Beyond the park, take a trip to Punaluu Black Sand Beach in Kau to feel black sand between your toes.
 
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island

Watch the landscape change before your very eyes at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located 30 miles southwest of Hilo, this is the home of Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. 

Volcanoes , Hiking , land adventures , Landmark , attractions , Adventure
Hiking on Hawaii Island

Whether you're looking for a challenging trail on fields of lava to short, Hawaii Island is heaven for hikers.

Hiking , Natural Beauty , land adventures
Kalapana, Hawaii Island

In the Puna District, drive beyond Pahoa Town toward the coast and you’ll find the end of the road is covered in lava.

Volcanoes , Off the Beaten Path , Natural Beauty , Hiking , Land Adventures
Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube), Hawaii Island

Take a walk in the dark through Nahuku, known as the Thurston Lava Tube, a 500-year old lava cave located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Volcanoes , Hiking , land adventures , attractions , Beaches , Cruises , Culture and Arts , Entertainment , Horseback Riding , History , Plantations , farms and gardens , snorkeling , Water Adventures , Whale watching
Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii Island

Have you ever seen a beach with black sand? Because of constant volcanic activity, you'll find white sands, green sands and black sands on Hawaii Island.

Beaches , Natural Beauty , Sunset , Sunrise , Off the Beaten Path , Water Adventures , Surfing
Day 6:  Hilo Side
The lush Hilo side of Hawaii Island will be your home base for your visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Nearby you’ll find a variety of off-the-beaten-track discoveries. Visit the Puna area to find charming restaurants shops and amazing sights like Lava Trees State Park. You’ll also find even more interesting attractions like the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and Akatsuka Orchid Gardens.
 
Art Galleries and Museums of Hawaii Island

Whether it’s through paintings, sculptures, glassware, jewelry or hand-carved koa wood bowls, you’ll see the distinct styles that make the art found on Hawaii Island truly unique.

attractions , Culture and Arts , History , Museums
Hilo Farmers Market, Hawaii Island

Located in Downtown Hilo, the festive Hilo’s Farmers Market is known as one of the best open markets in Hawaii.

Plantations , Farms and Gardens
Liliuokalani Gardens, Hawaii Island

Blink and you may think you’re in Japan as you stroll through peaceful Liliuokalani Gardens, named after Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani.

Plantations , Farms and Gardens , Culture and Arts , Food
Parks of Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island features four National Parks, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as well as beautiful state and county parks.

Natural Beauty , Beaches , Off the Beaten Path , Volcanoes , Landmark , land adventures
Day 7:  Downtown Hilo
Relax and experience the local side of Hawaii Island in Downtown Hilo. Visit incredible museums like the Lyman Museum and Mission House, the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, Mokupapapa Discovery Center and the Pacific Tsunami Museum. Shop at the Hilo Farmers Market and other local favorites to discover off the beaten track treasures. Then unwind in amazing parks like Liliuokalani Gardens after your busy trip to Hawaii Island.
 
Art Galleries and Museums of Hawaii Island

Whether it’s through paintings, sculptures, glassware, jewelry or hand-carved koa wood bowls, you’ll see the distinct styles that make the art found on Hawaii Island truly unique.

attractions , Culture and Arts , History , Museums
Hilo Farmers Market, Hawaii Island

Located in Downtown Hilo, the festive Hilo’s Farmers Market is known as one of the best open markets in Hawaii.

Plantations , Farms and Gardens
Liliuokalani Gardens, Hawaii Island

Blink and you may think you’re in Japan as you stroll through peaceful Liliuokalani Gardens, named after Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani.

Plantations , Farms and Gardens , Culture and Arts , Food
Parks of Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island features four National Parks, including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as well as beautiful state and county parks.

Natural Beauty , Beaches , Off the Beaten Path , Volcanoes , Landmark , land adventures