8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
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Lahaina, Maui
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
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Honolulu, Oahu

— 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, and contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planner.

Sacramento to Honolulu is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sacramento to Honolulu. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Sacramento in January; daily highs in Honolulu reach 81°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui

— 2 nights

Crown Jewel of 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Baldwin Home Museum, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ka'anapali Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahaina holiday planner.

Getting from Honolulu to Lahaina by flight takes about 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Lahaina are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 1 night

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in January, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.