10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
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Honolulu, Oahu

— 5 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.
Visit Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Bring the kids along to USS Arizona Memorial and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Pupukea (Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument & Ehukai Beach Park). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu holiday builder.

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Honolulu is minus 5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 82°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hilo, Island of Hawaii

— 4 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.
Do your shopping at Volcano Art Center Gallery and Hilo Farmers Market. Bring the kids along to Akaka Falls State Park and Rainbow Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Volcano (Jagger Museum & Akatsuka Orchid Gardens) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens and take in the exciting artwork at Banyan Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Hilo takes 3.5 hours. In December in Hilo, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.