20 days in Hawaii Itinerary

20 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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20 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Exeter
Train + Fly:  23​h
1
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Honaunau, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Poipu, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Exeter

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kona Henna. Get some cultural insight at St. Michael the Archangel Church and Mokuaikaua Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Waialea Beach (in Waimea). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mauna Kea Beach.

Before you visit Kailua-Kona, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Exeter, UK to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 23-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Exeter to Kailua-Kona. In February in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Honaunau.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Waialea Beach, Mauna Kea Beach, Puukohola National Historic Park
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Waialea Beach ©
Waialea Beach
St. Michael the Archangel Church ©
St. Michael the Archangel Church

2
nights
Honaunau, Island of Hawaii

Honaunau ©
Hōnaunau is an unincorporated community on the island of Hawaii in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then admire the natural beauty at Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary, and then stroll through Manini Kapahukapu Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Honaunau trip planner .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Honaunau by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. February in Honaunau sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Honaunau

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary ©
Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum, walk around Carlsmith Beach Park, and then kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Laupahoehoe Beach Park, examine the collection at Lyman Museum, and then take a stroll through Kalapana.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Hilo travel route planner .

Getting from Honaunau to Hilo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Hilo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalapana, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Richardson Beach Park ©
Richardson Beach Park
Pacific Tsunami Museum ©
Pacific Tsunami Museum
Carlsmith Beach Park ©
Carlsmith Beach Park

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ho'okipa Beach Park and Kamaole Beach Park III. Maria Lanakila Catholic Church and Baldwin Home Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kihei: Kapalua Beach (in Kapalua) and Baby Beach (in Lahaina). There's more to do: stroll through Wailea Beach Path and enjoy the sand and surf at Kamaole Beach Park II.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kihei online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Hilo to Kihei by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailea, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kamaole Beach Park III ©
Kamaole Beach Park III
Wailea Beach Path ©
Wailea Beach Path
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park

2
nights
Poipu, Kauai

Poipu ©
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, admire the natural beauty at National Tropical Botanical Garden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Gillin's Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Ninini Point Lighthouse Cache Site, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Tabora Gallery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, stroll through Baby Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Shipwreck Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Poipu online holiday planner .

You can fly from Kihei to Poipu in 3.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Poipu can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Lihue
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Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach
National Tropical Botanical Garden ©
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like USS Arizona Memorial and Queen Emma Summer Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Waimanalo Beach (in Waimanalo), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Sharks Cove (in Pupukea). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, browse the eclectic array of goods at Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Byodo-In Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip planner .

Getting from Poipu to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kaneohe, Sharks Cove, Lanikai Beach, Ko Olina Lagoons, Wys Galleries
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Waimanalo Beach ©
Waimanalo Beach

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