10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  13​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Poipu, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

4
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Scuba & Snorkeling). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Head State Monument.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Honolulu trip maker tool .

Washington DC to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Honolulu at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

2
nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Allerton Garden, then explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, then contemplate the long history of Prince Kuhio Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Shipwreck Beach, then get great views at Waimea Canyon State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Poipu trip builder .

You can fly from Honolulu to Poipu in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Poipu can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Opaekaa Falls, Waimea Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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 30th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip planner .

You can fly from Poipu to Kailua-Kona in 3 hours. In December in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Mauna Kea Beach, Kona Coffee Living History Farm
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Swim with Dolphins
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach

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