13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Hanalei, Kauai
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Newark

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of USS Arizona Memorial, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Honolulu online attractions planner .

Newark to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Honolulu, with lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

2
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanalei Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, then explore the stunning scenery at Waimea Canyon State Park, and then admire the sheer force of Hanakapiai Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Hanalei day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Hanalei takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hanakapiai Falls, Na Pali Coast State Park, Waimea Canyon State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park

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.
On the 24th (Sat), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona attractions planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hanalei to Kailua-Kona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
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.
Family-friendly places like Maui Ocean Center and Ka'anapali Beach will thrill your kids. Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Wailea Beach (in Wailea) and Iao Valley (in Wailuku). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, appreciate the history behind Lahaina Jodo Mission, enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach, and take an in-depth tour of Baldwin Home Museum.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina road trip planner.

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wailuku, Wailea Beach, Kapalua Beach
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Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

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