51 days in Hawaii Itinerary

51 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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51 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 14 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Hanalei, Kauai
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
5
Lahaina, Maui
— 11 nights
Fly + bus:  16​h
End: New York City

14
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.
Shop till you drop at Polynesian Cultural Center and Ward Village. Visit Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park, Waimea Bay, & more), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Ko Hana Distillers (in Waipahu). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of USS Arizona Memorial, step aboard Battleship Missouri Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Ala Moana Beach Park, and get engrossed in the history at Iolani Palace.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Honolulu online attractions planner .

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 86°F and lows are around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Oahu, Kailua, Pupukea, Waipahu
Highlights from your plan
Polynesian Cultural Center ©
Polynesian Cultural Center
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

7
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. We've included these beaches for you: Hanalei Beach and Shipwreck Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Poipu (Spouting Horn & Poipu Beach Park), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kekaha). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Anini Beach, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hanalei itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Hanalei in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Hanalei can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Kapaa, Poipu, Scuba & Snorkeling, Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park

10
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.
Relax by the water at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Anaehoomalu. Head to Waikoloa Beach Resort and Keauhou Farmer's Marketfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Honaunau (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park & Honaunau Bay), Captain Cook (Rooster Farms & Kealakekua Bay) and Waimea (Waialea Beach, Mahukona Beach Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach, play a few rounds at Mauna Lani Resort , and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahaluu Beach.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hanalei to Kailua-Kona takes 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Island of Hawaii, Captain Cook, Waimea, Honaunau, Waikoloa
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach

7
nights
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Head to Volcano Art Center and 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glassfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Volcano: Hilo (Mokupapapa Discovery Center, Akaka Falls State Park, & more) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs & Holei Sea Arch). Spend the 14th (Sun) among the fascinating landscape of Kulanaokuaiki Campground. The adventure continues: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, stroll through Pu'u Huluhulu trail, get impressive views of Kīlauea, and explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Volcano trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Volcano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kailua-Kona in July since evenings lows in Volcano dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo, Steam Vents, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

11
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ka'anapali Beach and Kapalua Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Karen Lei's Gallery and Reeflections Fine Art Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park III, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more) and Wailuku (Iao Valley & Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House). Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Napili Beach, meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wailea Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Volcano to Lahaina takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Kihei, Wailuku, Kapalua, Maui
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

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