8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii holiday planner

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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 1 day

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 10th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Kona Cloud Forest, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona planner.

Phoenix to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Phoenix to Kailua-Kona. Traveling from Phoenix in September, expect nights in Kailua-Kona to be about the same, around 76°F, while days are slightly colder, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Honolulu, Oahu

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, stroll through Waikiki Beach, explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Honolulu road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. September in Honolulu sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then pause for some photo ops at Lahaina Jodo Mission, and finally stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court.

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Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Lahaina takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.