11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h
2
Laie, Oahu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Raleigh

1
night
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planning app .

Raleigh to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Raleigh in December, expect Kailua-Kona to be warmer, temps between 82°F and 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Laie.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins

1
night
Laie, Oahu

Laie ©
Laie is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the activities along Waimea Bay, then kick back and relax at Sunset Beach Park, and then get into the urban bustle at Polynesian Cultural Center.

To find out how to plan a trip to Laie, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Kailua-Kona to Laie in 5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December; daily highs in Laie reach 76°F and lows reach 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Honolulu.

Things to do in Laie

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Haleiwa
Highlights from your plan
Polynesian Cultural Center ©
Polynesian Cultural Center
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park
Waimea Bay ©
Waimea Bay

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Iolani Palace and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Honolulu to go to Kailua and see Kailua Beach Park, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Laie to Honolulu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Laie, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Honolulu, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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.
For shopping fun, head to Tutu's Pantry or Maui Hands. Bring the kids along to Ka'anapali Beach and Lahaina Banyan Court. Take a break from Kihei with a short trip to Haleakala Crater in Haleakala National Park, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, and stroll through Kalepolepo Beach Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kihei day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kihei takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In December, daytime highs in Kihei are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui Ocean Center, Haleakala Crater, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

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