8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly + bus:  9​h
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ho'okipa Beach Park and Lahaina United Methodist Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kihei) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, appreciate the history behind Lahaina Jodo Mission, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lahaina planner .

Phoenix to Lahaina is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Lahaina is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Phoenix in December: highs in Lahaina hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Ho'okipa Beach Park, Scuba & Snorkeling, Maui Ocean Center, Haleakala Crater
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

1
night
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hilo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Hilo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Hilo are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Hilo

Tours Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Saddle Road
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

3
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue or LÄ«hue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. On the 27th (Fri), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then take in breathtaking views at Waimea Canyon State Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and finally admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lihue travel route planner.

You can fly from Hilo to Lihue in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Poipu, Kauai Coffee Company, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Opaekaa Falls, Waimea Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

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