11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
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Hanalei, Kauai
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
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Kihei, Maui
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Honolulu, Oahu

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Diamond Head State Monument and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Pupukea Beach Park) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, take an in-depth tour of Iolani Palace, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Honolulu trip planning app.

Columbus to Honolulu is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Columbus in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 74°F in Honolulu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Hanalei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Hanalei, Kauai

— 2 nights
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Waimea Canyon State Park and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, and then get great views at Hanalei Valley Lookout.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hanalei trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Hanalei takes 2.5 hours. June in Hanalei sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to fly to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 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.
On the 2nd (Sat), stroll through Kona Cloud Forest, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally take a stroll through Holualoa Village.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Hanalei to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kihei.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Kihei, Maui

— 4 nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Haleakala Crater and Hana Highway - Road to Hana. Explore Kihei's surroundings by going to Lahaina (Scuba & Snorkeling & Lahaina Banyan Court) and Zipline (in Kula). It doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley and see the interesting displays at Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kihei online trip planner.

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to Kihei in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kihei are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

4.4
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.

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.

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.4
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.