13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
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Lihue
— 2 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
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Hilo
— 2 nights
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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.
Byodo-In Temple and Bishop Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Family-friendly places like Diamond Head State Monument and Sunset Beach Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Waimanalo Beach (in Waimanalo), Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Pillbox Hike) and Banzai Pipeline (in Pupukea). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some photo ops at Queen Liliuokalani Statue, take an in-depth tour of Queen Emma Summer Palace, and admire the verdant scenery at Nu’uanu Pali.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu online driving holiday planner.

Boston to Honolulu is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Boston to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in May, you will find days in Honolulu are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are much warmer (71°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Lihue

— 2 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Kalapaki Beach, then view the masterpieces at Tabora Gallery, then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Kauai Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Lawa'i Beach, stroll through Baby Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Makawehi Bluff, and finally enjoy the sea views from Ninini Point Lighthouse Cache Site.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lihue trip planner.

Getting from Honolulu to Lihue by flight takes about 2.5 hours. May in Lihue sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lahaina.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then kick back and relax at D.T. Fleming Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahekili Beach Park. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Maui On Metal, take an in-depth tour of Baldwin Home Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, then explore the galleries of Hale Pa'i Printing Museum, then examine the collection at Whalers Village Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Baby Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina day trip planning website.

Fly from Lihue to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Lahaina are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can fly to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kailua-Kona

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Kanaloa Octopus Farm, get engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then admire the majestic nature at Kahalu'u Beach Park, and finally kick back and relax at White Sand Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hilo

— 2 nights

America's Wettest City

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park, then kick back and relax at Carlsmith Beach Park, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Coconut Island, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

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Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, expect little chillier with lows of 67°F in Hilo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Hawaii travel guide

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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

4.5
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.