10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
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Honolulu, Oahu
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
On the 25th (Fri), stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then shop like a local with Volcano Art Center Gallery, and finally trek along Sulphur Banks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then take in the exciting artwork at Banyan Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

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New York City to Hilo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Hilo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Hilo to be warmer, temps between 80°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Shopping · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 7 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Attractions like USS Arizona Memorial and Ala Moana Center make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Pupukea (Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument & Ehukai Beach Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Diamond Head State Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, make a trip to Battleship Missouri Memorial, and admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.