8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  14​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
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.
Go for a jaunt from Honolulu to Kailua to see Lanikai Beach about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, cruise along Makapu'u Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu road trip planning tool .

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. In May, Honolulu is a bit warmer than New York City - with highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lanikai Beach, Makapu'u Point
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kihei: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Lahaina Banyan Court (in Lahaina). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kihei trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kihei takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In May, daytime highs in Kihei are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Wailuku, Wailea Beach, Haleakala Crater, Lahaina Banyan Court
Highlights from your plan
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, take in the pleasant sights at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hilo holiday planner.

Getting from Kihei to Hilo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Hilo Farmers Market ©
Hilo Farmers Market

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