15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Kapaa, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Lanikai Beach in Kailua (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, don't miss a visit to Makapu'u Point, and take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu road trip planner.

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from New York City to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lanikai Beach, Makapu'u Point
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

3
nights
Kihei, Maui

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.
Explore Kihei's surroundings by going to Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Lahaina Banyan Court (in Lahaina). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, kick back and relax at Wailea Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kihei online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kihei takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wailuku, Wailea Beach, Haleakala Crater, Lahaina Banyan Court
Highlights from your plan
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Iao Valley ©
Iao Valley

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Queens' Market Place (in Waikoloa). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with Kona Diving Company, admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout, get close to the beloved marine mammals with Big Island Divers, and take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona day trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Kihei to Kailua-Kona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pololu Valley Lookout, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, The Captain Cook Monument, Greenwell Farms
Highlights from your plan
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Kona Diving Company ©
Kona Diving Company
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, get a taste of the local shopping with Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, shop like a local with Hilo Farmers Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then stroll through Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Hilo Hatties, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo journey builder website .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Hilo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in July, expect little chillier with lows of 71°F in Hilo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kapaa.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery

3
nights
Kapaa, Kauai

Kapaa ©
Noted for its low-key beaches, Kapaa is a small town with a high concentration of tourist-oriented hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kapaa: Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Poipu (Poipu Beach Park, Spouting Horn, &more) and Kauai Coffee Company (in Kalaheo). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tunnels Beach, stroll around Lydgate State Park, and trek along Kalalau Trail.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kapaa trip builder tool .

Fly from Hilo to Kapaa in 3 hours. In July in Kapaa, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kapaa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Poipu, Kauai, Lydgate State Park, Na Pali Coast State Park, Kauai Coffee Company
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach

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