10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly + foot:  3​h
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Do your shopping at Polynesian Cultural Center and Ala Moana Center. Get in touch with nature at Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Step out of Honolulu to go to Haleiwa and see Sunset Beach Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at USS Arizona Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu holiday builder tool .

San Francisco to Honolulu is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in May, with highs in Honolulu at 84°F and lows at 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Polynesian Cultural Center, Kailua Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park
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Polynesian Cultural Center ©
Polynesian Cultural Center
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

1
night
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 25th (Sat), kick back and relax at Napili Beach and then kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lahaina trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to Lahaina takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In May in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach

1
night
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, look for gifts at Big Island Candies, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, shop like a local with Banyan Gallery, then browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Hilo sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Hilo in 4 hours. May in Hilo sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Big Island Candies
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Hilo Farmers Market ©
Hilo Farmers Market
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Big Island Candies ©
Big Island Candies

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 27th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Kona Joe Coffee, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then explore and take pictures at Puukohola National Historic Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona day trip tool .

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hilo in May, Kailua-Kona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kona Joe Coffee, Puukohola National Historic Park, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kahaluu Beach, Kona Coffee Living History Farm
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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