11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Head to Polynesian Cultural Center and Ala Moana Centerfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Waikiki Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Honolulu road trip site .

Los Angeles to Honolulu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Honolulu when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Poipu Beach Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lihue trip planning app .

You can fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lihue are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Poipu
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Ka'anapali Beach and Kapalua Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Haleakala Crater and Zipline. When in Kihei, make a side trip to see Lahaina Banyan Court in Lahaina, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach, stop by Maui Specialty Chocolate, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalepolepo Beach Park.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kihei trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lihue to Kihei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Haleakala Crater, Wailea Beach, Maui Specialty Chocolate, Kapalua Beach
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): cruise along Devastation Trail, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hilo tour site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kihei in August, expect nights in Hilo to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are little chillier, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery

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