15 days in Hilo, Kahului & Honolulu Itinerary

15 days in Hilo, Kahului & Honolulu Itinerary

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15 days in Hilo, Kahului & Honolulu Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
2
Kahului
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Honolulu
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
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.
Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Swim with Dolphins (in Kailua-Kona), Waipio Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Hilo trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Hilo, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in October, expect Hilo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kahului.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Swim with Dolphins
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Swim with Dolphins
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

4
nights
Kahului

Kahului ©
Kahului is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, on the island of Maui, in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Kahului side-trips: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Kapalua Resort (in Kapalua). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. The adventure continues: meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and look for gifts at Karen Lei's Gallery.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kahului holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Hilo to Kahului in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kahului

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Wailuku, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Karen Lei's Gallery, Surfing Goat Dairy, Kapalua Resort
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Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

6
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Kahului to Honolulu by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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