13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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13 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  13​h 15​min
1
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Kihei, Maui

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 out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Lahaina (Scuba & Snorkeling & Lahaina Banyan Court). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park III, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Awakening Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kihei road trip website .

Newark to Kihei is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Kihei is minus 5 hours. In December, Kihei is warmer than Newark - with highs of 82°F and lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Lahaina, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Maui Ocean Center, Haleakala Crater, Hana Highway - Road to Hana
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo day trip website .

Getting from Kihei to Hilo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stroll through Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mauna Kea Beach and then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip maker website .

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Mauna Kea Beach, Kahaluu Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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 find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Head State Monument, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

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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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

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