15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hilo Coffee Mill, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, and then get impressive views of Kulanaokuaiki Campground.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo online day trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Hilo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in March; daily highs in Hilo reach 31°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo Coffee Mill
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, contemplate the long history of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mauna Kea Beach and then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona vacation planner .

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Mauna Kea Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

5
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.
Attractions like Waikiki Beach and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, take an in-depth tour of USS Arizona Memorial, and admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park, Swim with Dolphins
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Maui Ocean Center and Ho'okipa Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Kalepolepo Beach Park (in Kihei), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Iao Valley (in Wailuku). The adventure continues: cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, and appreciate the history behind Lahaina Jodo Mission.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahaina journey site .

You can fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wailuku, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kalepolepo Beach Park, Haleakala Crater
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana

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