11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  13​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Hanalei, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
We've included these beaches for you: Lanikai Beach and Waikiki Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koko Crater Railway Trail and Kapiolani Regional Park. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, take in the dramatic natural features at Halona Blowhole, identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and admire the verdant scenery at Nu’uanu Pali.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu road trip planning website .

Washington DC to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oahu, Lanikai Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail

2
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Hanalei Valley Lookout, then identify plant and animal life at Kalalau Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Na Pali Coast State Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hanalei driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Hanalei takes 3 hours. August in Hanalei sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Hanalei

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Na Pali Coast State Park, Wailua Falls, Kalalau Trail
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Valley Lookout ©
Hanalei Valley Lookout

1
day
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, get impressive views of Kīlauea, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Volcano trip builder tool .

Getting from Hanalei to Volcano by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Hanalei in August, Volcano is a bit cooler at night with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

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.
Get in touch with nature at Kamaole Beach Park II and Parasailing & Paragliding. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kamaole Beach Park III and Wailea Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Surf Ripper Shave Ice Co in Lahaina (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, stroll through Kalepolepo Beach Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Ho'okipa Beach Park, and admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kihei holiday planner .

You can fly from Volcano to Kihei in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Surf Ripper Shave Ice Co, Iao Valley, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Kamaole Beach Park III ©
Kamaole Beach Park III
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II

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