13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

4
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kīlauea and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll get in some beach time at Richardson Beach Park and 49 Black Sand Beach. Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa), Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i (in Kailua-Kona) and Kahaluu Beach (in Keauhou). There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Waipio Valley, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and stop by Hilo Coffee Mill.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo road trip planning tool .

Philadelphia to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in February, expect Hilo to be warmer, temps between 81°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waikoloa, Waipio Valley, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, Kīlauea
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Scuba & Snorkeling
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park

4
nights
Lahaina, 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ho'okipa Beach Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Relax by the water at Kapalua Beach and Makena Beach. Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery (in Kula), Wailea (Maluaka Beach, Ulua Beach, & more) and Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park II & Kamaole Beach Park III). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the long history of Old Lahaina Courthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Big Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church.

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Getting from Hilo to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Kihei, Maui, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery, Ho'okipa Beach Park
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Wailea Beach Path ©
Wailea Beach Path
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park

3
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wailua Falls and Shipwreck Beach. Visiting Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Kauai Path will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Lihue: Waimea (Waimea Canyon State Park & Polihale State Park). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Koloa Rum Company, look for all kinds of wild species at Niumalu Beach Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the dramatic natural features at Makawehi Bluff.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Lihue trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Lihue takes 3.5 hours. In March in Lihue, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Poipu, Waimea, Opaekaa Falls, Kauai Path
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Makawehi Bluff ©
Makawehi Bluff
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach
Polihale State Park ©
Polihale State Park

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