10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Austin

3
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Get in touch with nature at Napili Beach and Pipiwai Trail. Visit Ho'okipa Beach Park and Kapalua Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park II and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalepolepo Beach Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kihei online attractions planner .

Austin to Kihei is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Austin to Kihei, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in December, you will find days in Kihei are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are warmer (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Napili Beach, Pipiwai Trail, Kapalua Beach
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Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II

1
night
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. On the 10th (Tue), kick back and relax at Shipwreck Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lihue online tour planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Lihue in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daytime highs in Lihue are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Shipwreck Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, then explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, then trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lanikai Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lihue to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. December in Honolulu sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Lanikai Beach
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Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii

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 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), immerse yourself in nature at Punalu‘U Beach, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Kīlauea, see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then hike along Pu'u Huluhulu trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Holei Sea Arch.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park route tool .

Getting from Honolulu to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In December in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hilo, Punalu‘U Beach, Jagger Museum
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Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Punalu‘U Beach ©
Punalu‘U Beach
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

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