16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly + Foot:  17​h
End: New York City

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at USS Arizona Memorial and Iolani Palace. Take a break from the city and head to Diamond Head State Monument and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, admire the verdant scenery at Nu’uanu Pali, examine the collection at Bishop Museum, and admire the striking features of Shangri La.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Honolulu online vacation planner .

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In November, Honolulu is warmer than New York City - with highs of 84°F and lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nu’uanu Pali
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Ka'anapali Beach and Napili Beach. Appreciate the collections at Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center and Whalers Village Museum. Take a break from Lahaina with a short trip to Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House in Wailuku, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Baldwin Home Museum, stop by Pakaloha Bikinis, pause for some photo ops at Lahaina Jodo Mission, and steep yourself in history at Wo Hing Temple Museum.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in November, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House, Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center ©
Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Puukohola National Historic Park. Kealakekua Bay and Mokuaikaua Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore Kailua-Kona's surroundings by going to Honaunau Bay (in Honaunau), The Painted Church (in Captain Cook) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's still lots to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with Big Island Divers, discover the deep blue sea with Kona Diving Company, take in the spiritual surroundings of Puukohola Heiau, and get engrossed in the history at Hulihe'e Palace.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Honaunau, Captain Cook, Kawaihae, Kona Historical Society, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Big Island Divers ©
Big Island Divers
Kona Diving Company ©
Kona Diving Company

4
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Volcano Art Center Gallery and Liliuokalani Gardens. Appreciate the collections at Jagger Museum and Lyman Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Hilo (Akaka Falls State Park, Pacific Tsunami Museum, &more), Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala) and Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). And it doesn't end there: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, stroll through Pu'u Huluhulu trail, and get impressive views of Kīlauea.

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Getting from Kailua-Kona to Volcano by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 68°F in Volcano. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hilo, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Punalu‘U Beach
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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

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