15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
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Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
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Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alae Cemetery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hilo trip itinerary website.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Hilo due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Hilo at 81°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kihei, Maui

— 3 nights
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 hidden gems such as Kamaole Beach Park III and Iao Valley. Get out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court & Napili Beach) and Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia).

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kihei journey website.

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Kihei takes 3 hours. In January in Kihei, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 63°F at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Lihue, Kauai

— 2 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls, contemplate the long history of Menehune Fishpond, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Kauai Coffee Company, kick back and relax at Hanalei Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Lihue vacation maker tool.

You can fly from Kihei to Lihue in 4.5 hours. In January in Lihue, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 7 nights

Big Pineapple

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 Koko Crater Railway Trail and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Shark Diving (in Haleiwa), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and hike along Diamond Head State Monument.

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

Fly from Lihue to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in January, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.