11 days in Kailua-Kona, Maui & Oahu Itinerary

11 days in Kailua-Kona, Maui & Oahu Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
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Haleakala National Park
— 1 night
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Lahaina
— 2 nights
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Honolulu
— 5 nights
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Kailua-Kona

— 2 nights

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 next day, explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona travel planning tool.

Denver to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Denver to Kailua-Kona. In December, Kailua-Kona is much warmer than Denver - with highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Haleakala National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Haleakala National Park

— 1 night

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 24th (Tue): get impressive views of Haleakala Crater, pause for some serene contemplation at Huialoha Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pipiwai Trail, and finally make a trip to Charles Lindbergh's Grave.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Haleakala National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Haleakala National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Haleakala National Park are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Lahaina.

Things to do in Haleakala National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Lahaina Galleries. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach, then walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, and then kick back and relax at Wailea Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lahaina vacation planning app.

Take a bus from Haleakala National Park to Lahaina in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Honolulu

— 5 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. You'll explore and learn at Iolani Palace and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Ehukai Beach Park (in Pupukea), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, and explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Honolulu are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

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.

Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.