13 days in Oahu, Kauai & Maui Itinerary

13 days in Oahu, Kauai & Maui Itinerary

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13 days in Oahu, Kauai & Maui Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  13​h
1
Honolulu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lihue
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Kihei
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Washington DC


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4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, and explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Honolulu road trip planner .

Washington DC to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Honolulu at 87°F and lows at 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lihue.

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
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

3
nights
Lihue

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lihue: Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Hanalei (Hanalei Beach & Hanalei Valley Lookout). There's lots more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls, stop by Vicky's Fabrics, and stroll around Poipu Beach Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lihue trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Lihue takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Hanalei, Kapaa, Poipu, Na Pali Coast State Park, Waimea Canyon State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Helicopter Tours

4
nights
Kihei

Kihei ©
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 (Lahaina Banyan Court & Ka'anapali Beach). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, kick back and relax at Kalepolepo Beach Park, see the interesting displays at Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kihei trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lihue to Kihei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Kihei sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Wailuku, Lahaina, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Haleakala Crater
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Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

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