18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Toronto

6
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.
Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Wys Galleries, Pakaloha Bikinis - Oahu, & more) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, and see the interesting displays at Bishop Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Honolulu day trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kawaiahao Church, 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally trek along Sulphur Banks. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Hilo takes 2.5 hours. In December in Hilo, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

5
nights
Lahaina, Maui

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.
Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Wailea Beach (in Wailea), Iao Valley (in Wailuku) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the exciting artwork at Maui On Metal, pause for some serene contemplation at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, and meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Hilo to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Haleakala Crater, Wailea Beach, Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

3
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lihue: Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Galerie 103 (in Poipu). There's much more to do: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lihue driving holiday planning site .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Lihue in 3.5 hours. December in Lihue sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Poipu, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Na Pali Coast State Park, Kayaking & Canoeing, Waimea Canyon State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Helicopter Tours

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