11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Asbury Park
Fly:  15​h 30​min
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Kawaihae
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Asbury Park

2
days
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.
On the 30th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Volcano Winery, see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Kapoho Tide Pools, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hilo tour itinerary planner .

Asbury Park to Hilo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Asbury Park to Hilo is minus 5 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Asbury Park in January: high temperatures in Hilo hover around 79°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Volcano, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Kapoho Tide Pools, Kīlauea
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Volcano Winery
Volcano Winery
Pacific Tsunami Museum ©
Pacific Tsunami Museum

4
days
Kailua-Kona

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.
Relax by the water at Kahaluu Beach and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Big Island Country Club. Spend the 4th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, take a leisurely stroll along Kailua Pier, see the interesting displays at Kona Historical Society, and stop by The Cindy Coats Gallery.

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Getting from Hilo to Kailua-Kona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kawaihae.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Kealakekua, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Mauka Meadows, Kahaluu Beach
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Kona Coffee Living History Farm ©
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Spas & Wellness

3
days
Kawaihae

Kawaihae ©
Kawaihae is an unincorporated community on the west side of the island of Hawaii in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mauna Kea Beach and Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park. Explore hidden gems such as Waialea Beach and Puukohola Heiau. There's still lots to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, stop by Queens' MarketPlace, and get engrossed in the history at Parker Ranch.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kawaihae trip builder app .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Kawaihae by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in February, you will find days in Kawaihae are little chillier (66°F), and nights are much colder (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kawaihae

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waikoloa, Waimea, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Mauna Kea Beach, Waialea Beach
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Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach
Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park ©
Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park

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