10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ko Olina Golf Club, Happy Trails Hawaii and Mana Cruises. USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip app .

Chicago to Honolulu is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Honolulu, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in March; daily highs in Honolulu reach 81°F and lows reach 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kapolei, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

2
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
On the 13th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Napili Beach and then kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina tour itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
On the 16th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center, then stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, then take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, and finally trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Volcano trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Volcano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Volcano sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery

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