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Hilo — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery, then trek along Sulphur Banks, and then Head underground at Kazumura Cave Tours.

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New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Hilo is minus 5 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Hilo reach 82°F and lows reach 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Waikoloa.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping
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Waikoloa — 2 nights

Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. On the 8th (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Waialea Beach, then stroll through Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve, and finally contemplate the long history of Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. On the next day, see the sky in a new way at Mauna Kea Observatories, look for gifts at Waikoloa Beach Resort, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park.

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Traveling by car from Hilo to Waikoloa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Waikoloa are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.
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Kailua-Kona — 6 nights

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.
You'll explore and learn at Lava Light Galleries and Halualoa ukelele gallery. Get in touch with nature at Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary and Shark Diving. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Naalehu (Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz & South Point Complex), Two Step (in Captain Cook) and Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kona Historical Society, trek along Maka'eo Walking Path, admire the majestic nature at Kekaha Kai State Park, and contemplate the geological forces at Hualalai.

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Traveling by car from Waikoloa to Kailua-Kona takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · 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.