10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kula, Maui
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Newark


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3
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Saddle Road and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, and then take in the pleasant sights at Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona online trip maker .

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 82°F and lows are around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Swim with Dolphins
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Saddle Road
Saddle Road

1
night
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road trip site .

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kula.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Jagger Museum
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

4
nights
Kula, Maui

Kula is a district of Maui, Hawaii, that stretches across the "up-country", the western-facing slopes of Haleakalā, from Makawao to Ulupalakua. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kula: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), Maui Ocean Center (in Wailuku) and Lahaina (Scuba & Snorkeling, Lahaina Banyan Court, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, do a tasting at Maui Wine, Ulupalakua Vineyards, relax in the rural setting at No Ka Oi Protea Farm, and stroll the grounds of Maui Veterans Cemetery.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kula itinerary planner.

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kula by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Kula can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kula

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui Veterans Cemetery, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, The Awakening Church, Haleakala Crater
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater

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