16 days in Honolulu, Maui & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Honolulu, Maui & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Honolulu, Maui & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  9​h
1
Honolulu
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Hana
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Lahaina
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Houston


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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.
Visit Waikiki Beach and Sunset Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Visiting Diamond Head State Monument and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park), Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Shark Diving) and North Shore Goodies (in Waialua). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, immerse yourself in nature at Puu Ualakaa State Park, and appreciate the history behind Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip maker .

Denver to Honolulu is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denver in July since evenings lows in Honolulu dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Hana.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, North Shore Goodies
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

2
nights
Hana

Hana ©
Hana is one of the most isolated communities in Hawaii, with a permanent population of just over 1,000 people.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of Eden Arboretum and then cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Laura Mango Art Gallery, then get impressive views of Haleakala Crater, then stroll the grounds of Charles Lindbergh's Grave, and finally explore by horseback at Pipiwai Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Hana trip site .

You can fly from Honolulu to Hana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July in Hana, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hana

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Haleakala National Park, Charles Lindbergh's Grave, Hana Highway - Road to Hana
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Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Charles Lindbergh's Grave ©
Charles Lindbergh's Grave

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Napili Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Ka'anapali Beach and Kapalua Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Wailea Beach (in Wailea) and Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House (in Wailuku). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, examine the collection at Whalers Village Museum, steep yourself in history at Lahaina Jodo Mission, and make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Hana to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Lahaina are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kapalua Beach, Wailea Beach, Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Laupahoehoe Beach Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park, and then wander the streets of Kalapana.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hilo trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Hilo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Laupahoehoe Beach Park ©
Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), cast your line with a fishing tour, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip maker .

Getting from Hilo to Kailua-Kona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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