8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
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Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
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Kihei, Maui
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Honolulu, Oahu

— 2 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.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Lanikai Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like USS Arizona Memorial and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail and go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument.

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Chicago to Honolulu is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 4 hours. In December, Honolulu is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lihue, Kauai

— 2 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Polihale State Park. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tunnels Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lihue online itinerary planner.

Fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Kihei, Maui

— 3 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.
On the 21st (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Makena Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wailea Beach Path, and then kick back and relax at Wailea Beach. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ulua Beach, stroll through Kamaole Beach Park III, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kamaole Beach Park II.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kihei road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Lihue to Kihei takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Hawaii travel guide

4.4
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.

Kauai travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Beaches
The Garden Isle
The northernmost of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai earned the nickname "Garden Island" because of its abundance of lush greenery and tropical plants, watered frequently with plentiful rainfall. Kauai's landscape continues to suffer from powerful erosion, resulting in natural attractions that include plunging canyons, tall mountain peaks, and the longest sandy coastline of all the Hawaiian islands. Offering a mild tropical climate and pristine wilderness areas largely unspoiled by mass tourism, Kauai is a great vacation destination for visitors eager to escape Hawaii's more crowded tourist resorts. For a genuine Kauai experience, join the locals for one of their famous traditional meat and vegetable feasts, prepared in underground pits lined with hot rocks.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.