22 days in Hawaii Itinerary

22 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii travel route builder

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Honolulu
— 6 nights
Fly
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Lihue
— 2 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
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Hilo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lahaina
— 5 nights
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Honolulu

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Kids will enjoy Diamond Head State Monument and Lanikai Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Haleiwa (Waimea Valley & Waimea Bay), Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei) and Sharks Cove (in Pupukea). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu driving holiday planning tool.

Aalborg, Denmark to Honolulu is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -11 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aalborg in July: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lihue

— 2 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. On the 18th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Shipwreck Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls, then kick back and relax at Tunnels Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Lihue online holiday maker.

You can fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lihue can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 4 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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 discover tucked-away gems like Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Punalu‘U Beach. Visit Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Honaunau Bay for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Kealakekua Bay (in Captain Cook), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Queen's Bath (in Princeville). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), browse the exhibits of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, and stroll through 49 Black Sand Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona online trip maker.

You can fly from Lihue to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Hilo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Richardson Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hilo trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hilo, with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Lahaina

— 5 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Napili Beach and Kapalua Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ho'okipa Beach Park and Wailea Beach. Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Wailuku (Maui Tropical Plantation, Zipline, &more), Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park III & Kamaole Beach Park II) and Wailea (Ulua Beach & Makena Beach). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Honolua Bay, stroll around D.T. Fleming Park, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lahaina day trip planner.

You can fly from Hilo to Lahaina in 4.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Lahaina are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

4.4
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.

Kauai travel guide

4.5
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.

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · 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.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.