15 days in Hawaii & Los Angeles Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii & Los Angeles Itinerary

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15 days in Hawaii & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Poipu, Kauai
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Cincinnati

2
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center, get engrossed in the history at Baldwin Home Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lahaina using our trip planner.

Cincinnati to Lahaina is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Lahaina. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cincinnati in May: high temperatures in Lahaina hover around 81°F and lows are around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Maui Ocean Center, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

4
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Honolulu tour planner.

Fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in May, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

1
night
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then take in the views from Swinging Bridge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, and finally kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Poipu journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Poipu takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Swinging Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Spouting Horn ©
Spouting Horn
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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 27th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip tool .

Fly from Poipu to Kailua-Kona in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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 28th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then see the sky in a new way at Imiloa Astronomy Center, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hilo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Hilo

Childrens Museums Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Imiloa Astronomy Center ©
Imiloa Astronomy Center
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get curious at California Science Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Los Angeles using our trip planner.

You can fly from Hilo to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hilo to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Hilo in May, with highs in Los Angeles at 75°F and lows at 59°F. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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