9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  10​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Kihei, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  14​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Waikiki Aquarium and then kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, then take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and finally don't miss a visit to Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu trip itinerary planning tool .

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Honolulu is minus 5 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Honolulu at 83°F and lows at 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

2
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
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.
On the 6th (Mon), take a memorable excursion with Hawaii Ocean Project and then kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court, then kick back and relax at D.T. Fleming Park, and then kick back and relax at Napili Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kihei.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

D.T. Fleming Park
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach

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nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): whizz through the canopy at Maui Zipline Company, then examine the collection at Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House, and then admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: add some fun to your beach time Maui Beach Boys, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, and then experience rural life at Surfing Goat Dairy.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kihei trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lahaina to Kihei takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Wailuku, Surfing Goat Dairy
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Maui Beach Boys ©
Maui Beach Boys
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Iao Valley ©
Iao Valley

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nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
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 10th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, look and learn at Imiloa Astronomy Center, admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, and finally stroll through Laupahoehoe Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens and then stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo travel planning website .

Traveling by flight from Kihei to Hilo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Kilauea Iki Trailhead
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Imiloa Astronomy Center ©
Imiloa Astronomy Center
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens