22 days in Hawaii Itinerary

22 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii trip planner

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Honolulu, Oahu
— 9 nights
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Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
— 6 nights
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu

— 9 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Popular historic sites such as Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and US Army Museum of Hawaii. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay, Waimea Valley, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Turtle Bay Beach, trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, stroll around Kapiolani Regional Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sharks Cove.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Honolulu road trip planner.

Queenstown, New Zealand to Honolulu is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 22 hours. In December, daytime highs in Honolulu are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Lihue, Kauai

— 2 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stop by Garden Isle Bath & Body LLC, cruise along Hanalei Valley Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach, and finally admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, trek along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shipwreck Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lihue day trip planning site.

Fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui

— 6 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Wailea Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Napili Beach and Kamaole Beach Park II. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Iao Valley (in Wailuku), Kihei (Maui's World Gallery & Kamaole Beach Park III) and Wailea (Makena Beach, Wailea Beach Path, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Nakalele Blowhole, take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to McGregor Point Light, and admire all the interesting features of North Loop Coastline Road Hwy 30.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina online attractions planner.

You can fly from Lihue to Lahaina in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hilo, Island of Hawaii

— 4 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rainbow Falls and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. Head to Hilo Farmers Market and Hilo Coffee Millfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Volcano (Akatsuka Orchid Gardens & Jagger Museum), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), Kilauea Iki Trailhead, &more) and Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala). There's more to do: explore and take pictures at Saddle Road and take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Hilo takes 4.5 hours. January in Hilo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
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.