8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Kihei, Maui
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
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Honolulu, Oahu
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Kihei, Maui

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.
On the 25th (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center and then admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then walk around Lahaina Banyan Court.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kihei trip planner.

San Francisco to Kihei is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Kihei. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Kihei hover around 82°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Hilo, Island of Hawaii

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.
On the 27th (Sun), examine the collection at Jagger Museum, hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally trek along Sulphur Banks. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then take in the exciting artwork at Banyan Gallery, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Hilo day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kihei to Hilo takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hilo are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Honolulu, Oahu

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.
Step out of Honolulu with an excursion to Kailua Beach Park in Kailua--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at USS Arizona Memorial, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Hilo to Honolulu in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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Hawaii travel guide

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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.