31 days in Hawaii Itinerary

31 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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31 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 8 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  3​h 15​min
5
Lahaina, Maui
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Newark

8
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Diamond Head State Monument and Kailua Beach Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Turtle Bay Beach (in Kahuku), Laie (Malaekahana State Recreation Area & Polynesian Cultural Center) and Green World Coffee Farms (in Wahiawa). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, get interesting insight from Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Waimea Bay.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Honolulu online visit planner .

Newark to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Honolulu is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Newark in January, expect Honolulu to be much warmer, temps between 81°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Laie, Kailua, Oahu, Green World Coffee Farms
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

4
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Family-friendly places like Poipu Beach Park and Hanalei Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Lihue: Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Waimea (Polihale State Park & Waimea Canyon State Park) and Hanalei Valley Lookout (in Hanalei). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, trek along Kalalau Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kauai Path.

Plan trip to Lihue with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Lihue takes 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Lihue are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu, Kauai, Kapaa, Hanalei, Waimea
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

6
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.
Bring the kids along to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Kula Kai Caverns (in Ocean View), Naalehu (Ka Lae & Papakōlea Green Sand Beach) and Anaehoomalu (in Waikoloa). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, pause for some photo ops at Kohala Historical Sites State Monument, steep yourself in history at Puukohola National Historic Park, and take a memorable drive along Mauna Loa Scenic Drive.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Lihue to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. February in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Honaunau, Keauhou, Naalehu, Hawi Farmers Market
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Imiloa Astronomy Center. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail, & more) and Jagger Museum (in Volcano). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, stroll the grounds of Alae Cemetery, cruise along Banyan Drive, and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hilo trip itinerary website .

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Hilo Coffee Mill, Banyan Drive
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kulanaokuaiki Campground ©
Kulanaokuaiki Campground

7
nights
Lahaina, 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.
Attractions like Ka'anapali Beach and Lahaina Banyan Court make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Wailuku (Iao Valley, Maui Tropical Plantation, & more), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Wailea (Wailea Beach, Maluaka Beach, & more). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, tee off at Makena Golf Courses, stroll through Napili Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at D.T. Fleming Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hilo to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In February, daytime highs in Lahaina are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Wailea, Kapalua, Kihei, Haleakala Crater
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

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