13 days in Honolulu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

13 days in Honolulu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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13 days in Honolulu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Honolulu
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kailua-Kona
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Indianapolis

5
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shark Diving and Photography Tours. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and appreciate the history behind King Kamehameha Statue.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip planner.

Indianapolis to Honolulu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Indianapolis to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Honolulu is much hotter than Indianapolis - with highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Shark Diving

2
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
On the 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, admire the majestic nature at Punalu‘U Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Honolulu to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In December in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Volcano, Hilo, Punalu‘U Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

5
nights
Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and Greenwell Farms. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, look for gifts at Hilo Hatties, relax in the rural setting at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, and make a trip to Saddle Road.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Greenwell Farms, Hilo Hatties, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea

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