21 days in Hawaii Itinerary

21 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
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Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
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Kihei, Maui
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Honolulu, Oahu — 7 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Relax by the water at Shark's Cove and Ala Moana Beach Park. Take a break from the city and head to Koko Crater Railway Trail and Photography Tours. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park), Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe) and Haleiwa (Laniakea Beach, Sunset Beach Park, &more). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu holiday builder tool.

Seattle to Honolulu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Seattle to Honolulu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in November, with highs in Honolulu at 34°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Lihue.
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Lihue, Kauai — 3 nights

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hanalei Bay and Hanalei Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Wailua Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Lihue: Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Aloha Spice Company (in Hanapepe). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls, relax in the rural setting at Kauai Coffee Company, and take some stellar pictures from Sleeping Giant Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lihue holiday planner.

Getting from Honolulu to Lihue by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Kailua-Kona.
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii — 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). Get outdoors at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Honaunau Bay (in Honaunau), 49 Black Sand Beach (in Waikoloa) and Kealakekua Bay (in Captain Cook). The adventure continues: stroll through Kanaloa Octopus Farm and experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lihue to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hilo.
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii — 2 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.
On the 28th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park, examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, then stroll through Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hilo, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can fly to Kihei.
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Kihei, Maui — 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.
Visit Ho'okipa Beach Park and Kapalua Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Parasailing & Paragliding and Kamaole Beach Park III. Change things up with these side-trips from Kihei: Lahaina (Hale Pa'i Printing Museum, Napili Beach, &more), Haliimaile Distilling Company (in Makawao) and Zipline (in Ka'anapali). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Keawakapu Beach, get engrossed in the history at Story of Hawaii Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamaole Beach Park II, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Maui Brewing Company.

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Getting from Hilo to Kihei by flight takes about 2.5 hours. November in Kihei sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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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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