10 days in Island of Hawaii, Kauai & Maui Itinerary

10 days in Island of Hawaii, Kauai & Maui Itinerary

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
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Waimea
— 2 nights
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Haleakala National Park
— 2 nights
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Lahaina
— 2 nights
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 2 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
On the 6th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center Gallery, stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Devastation Trail. Keep things going the next day: trek along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip tool.

New York City to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hover around 80°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Kailua-Kona

— 1 night

Heart of the Kona Coast

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 8th (Mon): head outdoors with Aloha Rail Company, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then hike along Maka'eo Walking Path.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in March, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Waimea

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kalalau Trail, then see the interesting displays at Kokee Natural History Museum, and then explore the stunning scenery at Waimea Canyon State Park. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Aunty Liliko'i, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Polihale State Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Waimea journey builder site.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Waimea takes 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Waimea can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Haleakala National Park.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Haleakala National Park

— 2 nights

A Rare and Sacred Landscape

Haleakala National Park offers visitors the rare opportunity to walk down into the intact crater of a volcano.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Haleakala Crater and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sliding Sands Trail. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Hana Highway - Road to Hana.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Haleakala National Park driving holiday website.

You can fly from Waimea to Haleakala National Park in 3.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Haleakala National Park are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Haleakala National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Lahaina

— 2 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

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 (Sat), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally walk around Lahaina Banyan Court.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lahaina trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Haleakala National Park to Lahaina. In March in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.

Kauai travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Beaches
The Garden Isle
The northernmost of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai earned the nickname "Garden Island" because of its abundance of lush greenery and tropical plants, watered frequently with plentiful rainfall. Kauai's landscape continues to suffer from powerful erosion, resulting in natural attractions that include plunging canyons, tall mountain peaks, and the longest sandy coastline of all the Hawaiian islands. Offering a mild tropical climate and pristine wilderness areas largely unspoiled by mass tourism, Kauai is a great vacation destination for visitors eager to escape Hawaii's more crowded tourist resorts. For a genuine Kauai experience, join the locals for one of their famous traditional meat and vegetable feasts, prepared in underground pits lined with hot rocks.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.