18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Erie
Fly + taxi:  15​h 15​min
1
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Erie

3
nights
Kihei, Maui

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.
Head to Hana Coast Gallery and Tutu's Pantryfor plenty of shopping. Get in touch with nature at Haleakala Crater and Wailea Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ka'anapali Beach (in Lahaina) and Charles Lindbergh's Grave (in Kipahulu). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kihei vacation maker tool .

Erie to Kihei is an approximately 14-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Erie to Kihei, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Erie in December; daily highs in Kihei reach 82°F and lows reach 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleakala Crater, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Wailea Beach, Ka'anapali Beach, Hana Coast Gallery
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Get some historical perspective at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. Escape the urban bustle at Swim with Dolphins and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Big Island Bees (in Captain Cook) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona journey planner.

Getting from Kihei to Kailua-Kona by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Big Island Bees, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puukohola National Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

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.
Head to Polynesian Cultural Center and Ala Moana Centerfor plenty of shopping. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Waikiki Beach and Sunset Beach Park. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Waimea Bay (in Haleiwa) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, stroll through Kapiolani Regional Park, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and pause for some photo ops at USS Arizona Memorial.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip site .

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. December in Honolulu sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Polynesian Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

3
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Visiting Waimea Canyon State Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Visit Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Menehune Fishpond for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, steep yourself in history at Kilohana, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and don't miss a visit to Kalalau Lookout.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lihue holiday builder .

You can fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. January in Lihue sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Poipu, Kauai, Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Scuba & Snorkeling, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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