15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Joplin
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  15​h
End: Joplin

6
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 discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Koko Crater Trail. When in Honolulu, make a side trip to see Ko Olina Lagoons in Kapolei, approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at USS Arizona Memorial, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, admire all the interesting features of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, and make a trip to North Shore.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Honolulu trip planner.

Joplin to Honolulu is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Joplin to Honolulu is minus 4 hours. While traveling from Joplin, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Honolulu, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

North Shore, Ko Olina Lagoons, Byodo-In Temple
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): examine the collection at Whalers Village Museum and then kick back and relax at Napili Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lahaina travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Lahaina are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maui Ocean Center, Wailea Beach
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Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swim with Dolphins and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Big Island Bees (in Captain Cook) and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau). Spend the 19th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. There's more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and experience rural life at Mountain Thunder.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Greenwell Farms, Big Island Bees, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Greenwell Farms ©
Greenwell Farms

1
night
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): cruise along Devastation Trail, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Volcano itinerary builder.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Volcano in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in October, expect little chillier with lows of 69°F in Volcano. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum

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