21 days in Hawaii Itinerary

21 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii tour itinerary planner
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Kihei
— 5 nights
Fly
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Hilo
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kapaa
— 3 nights
Fly
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Honolulu
— 6 nights
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Kihei — 5 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hanawi Falls (in Hana), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court, Ka'anapali Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamaole Beach Park III, and sample the tasty concoctions at Maui Brewing Company.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kihei trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Kihei is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 11 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kihei can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hilo.
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Hilo — 3 nights

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.
Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Jagger Museum (in Volcano) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (KÄ«lauea, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, kick back and relax at Carlsmith Beach Park, stroll the grounds of Alae Cemetery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hilo Farmers Market.

Plan my day in Hilo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Kihei to Hilo in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Kihei in August, plan for little chillier days in Hilo, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kailua-Kona.
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Kailua-Kona — 2 nights

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.
On the 4th (Fri), look for gifts at Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then look for gifts at The Cindy Coats Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Hilo in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Kailua-Kona, with lows around 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Kapaa.
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Kapaa — 3 nights

Noted for its low-key beaches, Kapaa is a small town with a high concentration of tourist-oriented hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kapaa: Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea), Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Poipu (Poipu Beach Park & Spouting Horn). Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls, trek along Kauai Path, and take some stellar pictures from Sleeping Giant Trail.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kapaa vacation planner.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Kapaa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Honolulu.
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Honolulu — 6 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Venture out of the city with trips to Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at USS Arizona Memorial, kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, trek along Diamond Head State Monument, and browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu journey maker tool.

Fly from Kapaa to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Hawaii travel guide

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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.
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.
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Kauai travel guide

4.7
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.
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Oahu travel guide

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Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.
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