22 days in Hawaii & Federal Way Itinerary

22 days in Hawaii & Federal Way Itinerary

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22 days in Hawaii & Federal Way Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
5
Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Federal Way
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12​h
End: New York City

4
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.
Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, and stroll through Waikiki Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu journey planner.

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Honolulu is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in February, expect Honolulu to be warmer, temps between 81°F and 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

3
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Explore Lihue's surroundings by going to Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Hanalei Beach (in Hanalei). The adventure continues: walk around Poipu Beach Park, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, pick up some local products at Kealia Farm Market, and look for gifts at Vicky's Fabrics.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lihue tour builder tool .

Fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in February, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Kapaa, Poipu, Na Pali Coast State Park, Kealia Farm Market, Hanalei Beach
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele (in Hawi). Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, look for gifts at Waikoloa Beach Resort, stroll through Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and explore the fascinating underground world of Kula Kai Caverns.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kailua-Kona visit planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Lihue to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kula Kai Caverns, Mauna Lani Resort , Puukohola National Historic Park, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Hawaii Cigar & Ukulele
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Sulphur Banks, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, & more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park and admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hilo are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kihei: Maui Veterans Cemetery (in Makawao), Lahaina (Lahaina Jodo Mission, Lahaina Banyan Court, & more) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, and kick back and relax at Wailea Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kihei route planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hilo to Kihei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Federal Way.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Lahaina, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Maui Veterans Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

2
nights
Federal Way

Federal Way
Federal Way is a city in King County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Tacoma Art Museum, examine the collection at Washington State History Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at 5 Mile Drive & Trails, and finally don't miss a visit to Chihuly Bridge of Glass. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Pacific Bonsai Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Glass, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and finally walk around Sehmel Homestead Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Federal Way trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kihei to Federal Way. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kihei to Federal Way. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kihei in March; daily highs in Federal Way reach 55°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Federal Way

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tacoma, Sehmel Homestead Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Washington State History Museum ©
Washington State History Museum
Tacoma Art Museum ©
Tacoma Art Museum

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