15 days in Hilo, Maui & Honolulu Itinerary

15 days in Hilo, Maui & Honolulu Itinerary

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15 days in Hilo, Maui & Honolulu Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Hilo
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Kihei
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Honolulu
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Hilo

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Swim with Dolphins. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Hula Daddy Kona Coffee (in Holualoa), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Kailua-Kona) and Volcano (Jagger Museum & Akatsuka Orchid Gardens). There's much more to do: stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, and admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo tour planning website .

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Hilo to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum

4
nights
Kihei

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Napili Beach and Kahekili Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kihei: Maui Crafts Guild (in Paia) and Lahaina Banyan Court (in Lahaina). And it doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, sample the fine beverages at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery, pause for some serene contemplation at Kihei Baptist Chapel, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kihei trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hilo to Kihei takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailuku, Paia, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery, Wailea Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koko Crater Railway Trail and Kailua Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of USS Arizona Memorial, appreciate the views at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, appreciate the history behind Princess Bernice Pauahi Statue, and explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Byodo-In Temple
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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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