18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Lahaina
— 4 nights
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Volcano
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
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Lihue
— 3 nights
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Honolulu
— 6 nights
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Lahaina

— 4 nights

Crown Jewel of 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Maui Goat Yoga (in Kula), Maui Veterans Cemetery (in Makawao) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, pause for some photo ops at Lahaina Jodo Mission, and meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lahaina road trip app.

New York City to Lahaina is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Lahaina is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get a bit warmer in Lahaina: highs are around 86°F and lows about 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Volcano.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Volcano

— 3 nights
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Venture out of the city with trips to Holei Sea Arch (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) and Hilo (Akaka Falls State Park, Liliuokalani Gardens, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and trek along Sulphur Banks.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Volcano trip tool.

Fly from Lahaina to Volcano in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Volcano can reach 86°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 Volcano

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 1 night

Heart of the Kona Coast

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): experience rural life at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, then experience rural life at The Vanillerie, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Volcano to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Lihue.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lihue

— 3 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lihue: Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea), Hanalei Beach (in Hanalei) and Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha). Next up on the itinerary: get interesting insight from Tours, admire the sheer force of Hanakapiai Falls, stroll through Tunnels Beach, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lihue trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lihue takes 2.5 hours. In September in Lihue, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Honolulu

— 6 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Pupukea (Ehukai Beach Park & Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at USS Arizona Memorial, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Lihue to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. October in Honolulu sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.

Kauai travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Beaches
The Garden Isle
The northernmost of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai earned the nickname "Garden Island" because of its abundance of lush greenery and tropical plants, watered frequently with plentiful rainfall. Kauai's landscape continues to suffer from powerful erosion, resulting in natural attractions that include plunging canyons, tall mountain peaks, and the longest sandy coastline of all the Hawaiian islands. Offering a mild tropical climate and pristine wilderness areas largely unspoiled by mass tourism, Kauai is a great vacation destination for visitors eager to escape Hawaii's more crowded tourist resorts. For a genuine Kauai experience, join the locals for one of their famous traditional meat and vegetable feasts, prepared in underground pits lined with hot rocks.