8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii travel planner

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

— 2 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Liliuokalani Gardens and Hilo Daijingu. Get in touch with nature at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Explore Hilo's surroundings by going to Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park), Punalu‘U Beach (in Pahala) and Volcano (Akatsuka Orchid Gardens & Jagger Museum). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Saddle Road and admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hilo trip planner.

Los Angeles to Hilo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Hilo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hilo, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kihei, Maui

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ho'okipa Beach Park and then kick back and relax at Wailea Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kihei road trip planning website.

Getting from Hilo to Kihei by flight takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in October, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Byodo-In Temple, kick back and relax at Lanikai Beach, and then hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, stroll through Puu Ualakaa State Park, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu tour itinerary app.

You can fly from Kihei to Honolulu in 4.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.