Exploring BIG ISLAND, HAWAII in 3 DAYS! A NEW Travel Itinerary Challenge Series

In the fourth and final video part of our Hawaii Travel Itinerary Challenge series, we explore Hawaii, the Big Island, in 3 days and try our best to eat, see, and do as many things as possible based on a prepared itinerary list! Open this up to learn more and see our itinerary ↓


If this is your first time viewing our videos, welcome and thank you! For some background about this series: in our years traveling together, we found our travel style involves cramming as many things into an itinerary as our body can handle. We plan a rough itinerary or list of things we want to do, see, and eat at our destination.

Below is the original itinerary we set out to complete. In our Itinerary Challenge Series, we will see how close we get to checking off each item on our list.


📝Preston & Krista’s Original Itinerary for 3 Days in HAWAII – The Big Island
(If there is a checkmark ✅next to the attraction that means we were able to do it. We also included those completed attractions in the full actualized itinerary list too. )

1. ‘Akaka Falls
2. What’s Shakin
3. Hilo Farmer’s Market
4. Kapoho Kalapana Road (Closed as of Summer 2018)
5. Keauhou Trail
6. Halemaumau Crater
7. Hawaii Volcano National Park ✅
8. Kilauea Caldera Crater ✅
9. Punanlu’u Black Sand Beach ✅
10. Papakolea Green Sand Beach
11. Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park
12. Captain James Cook Monument
13. Kekaka Hai State Park
14. Holuakoa Gardens & Cafe ✅
15. Barefoot Zone
16. Broke Da Mouth Grindz ✅
17. Kiholo Bay / Kiholo State Park ✅
18. Hulihe’e Palace
19. Hapuna Beach
20. Kauna’oa (Mauna Kea) Beach ✅
21. Pu’uokhola Heiau National Historic Site
22. Sweet Potato Kitchen & Bakery
23. Pololu Valley Lookout
24. Moʻokini Heiau – Birthplace of Kamekameha
25. Kohala Historical Sites State Monument
26. Statue of King Kamekameha
27. Hina Rae’s Cafe Kamuela ✅
28. Sandwich Isle Bread Company ✅
29. Waima Town Market at Parker School ✅
30. Hawaiian Style Cafe Waimea
31. Horseback Riding into Waipio Valley (Waipio On Horseback or Waipio Ridge Stables LLC)
32. Waipio Valley Lookout ✅
33. Mauna Kea
34. Lake Waiau
35. Very Long Baseline Array

📋Preston & Krista’s Actualized Itinerary for 3 DAYS in HAWAII – The Big Island

1.Sweet Cane Cafe — Hilo
2. Kilauea Center — Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
3. Sulphur Banks Trail to Kilauea Caldera– Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
4. Sulphur Banks (Ha’akulamanu) — Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
5. Kilauea Caldera / Steaming Bluff Lookout  — Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
6. Punalu’u Black Sand Beach — Pahala*
7. Aloha Kona Urgent Care — Kailua-Kona
8. Broke Da Mouth Grindz – Kailua-Kona
9. Waimea Town Market at the Parker School — Waimea
10. Waipi’o Valley Lookout — Honokaa
11. Waipi’o Valley Black Sand Beach — Honokaa
12. Kauno’oa (Mauna Kea) Beach — Kohala Coast
13. Holoholokai Beach Park — Puako
14. Puako Petroglyph Preserve — Puako
15. Under the Bodhi Tree — Kamuela
16. Manta Rays on the Bay @ Sheraton Kona Resort — Keauhou Bay
17. Hawaiian Queen Coffee Farm Tour — Holualoa
18. Holuakoa Gardens & Cafe — Holualoa
19. Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station — Mauna Kea
20. Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu (Hairy Hill)  — Saddle Road Hwy. 200 – Mile Marker #28
21. Hilton Monorail – Waikoloa Village
22. Kiholo State Park Reserve — greater Kailua-Kona

*We incorrectly listed the location of Punalu’u Black Sand Beach as Nīnole. Thank you to Tylah808 for bringing that to our attention. The correct location is Pahala.

**Thanks to viewer Robert Whitaker for the following corrections regarding locations. Waipi’o Valley lookout is in Waip’io, not Honoka’a (we used it as the nearest town as a point of geographic reference). Kiholo State Park is not in Kamuela, but in greater Kailua-Kona area. Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is not in Ninole, but Pahala*

***Apologies for the misspelling of Kamekameha.

🎧We recommend downloading The GyPSy Audio Guide if you end up driving around the island (

🌋Due to the volcanic eruptions on May 2018, check for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park attractions statuses and closures

💻It was helpful to know the status of Parks & Beaches in Hawaii we intended to visit so check out the Hawaii Division of State Parks website.

⚠️For Waip’io Valley and Mauna Kea Summit road trips make sure to check your rental car agreements. If you do drive down to the Valley or up to the Summit cars with 4X4 are encouraged.


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Hawaii Island Climate Zones graphic adapted from GoHawaii.com via source:
Original Koppen Classification System, Hawaii Magazine, May/June 2015.