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
— 5 nights
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Manoa Falls and Lanikai Beach. Relax by the water at Kailua Beach Park and Waimanalo Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Shark's Cove (in Pupukea), Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe) and Haleiwa (Laniakea Beach, Sunset Beach Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick back and relax at Ala Moana Beach Park, and admire all the interesting features of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Honolulu trip planning tool.

Seattle to Honolulu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Honolulu is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in August; daily highs in Honolulu reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough 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. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Na Pali Coast State Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Wailua Falls and Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Lihue: Hanalei Beach (in Hanalei) and Aloha Spice Company (in Hanapepe). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalapaki Beach, relax in the rural setting at Kauai Coffee Company, get great views at Sleeping Giant Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lihue planning site.

Fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lihue are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly 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.
Relax by the water at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Kanaloa Octopus Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Honaunau (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park & Honaunau Bay), Kealakekua Bay (in Captain Cook) and 49 Black Sand Beach (in Waikoloa). The adventure continues: experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Lihue to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park, see the interesting displays at Pacific Tsunami Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally get impressive views of Kīlauea.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hilo trip planner.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in Hilo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Napili Beach and Ho'okipa Beach Park. Visiting Zipline and Kapalua Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kihei: Lahaina (Hale Pa'i Printing Museum & Kapalua Coastal Trail), Haliimaile Distilling Company (in Makawao) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Ka'anapali). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kamaole Beach Park II, enjoy the sand and surf at Makena Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Maui Brewing Company, and take an in-depth tour of Story of Hawaii Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kihei day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Kihei takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kihei are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for 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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