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:  9 h 30 min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  14 h 45 min
End: New York City

5
nights
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.
Attractions like Diamond Head State Monument and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Sea Life Park Hawaii (in Waimanalo). The adventure continues: stroll through Waikiki Beach, kick back and relax at Ala Moana Beach Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Honolulu Zoo.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu travel app.

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from New York City to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oahu, Sunset Beach Park, Kailua Beach Park, Sea Life Park Hawaii
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and then admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look and learn at Imiloa Astronomy Center, admire the sheer force of Wailuku River State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hilo tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Honolulu to Hilo in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Hilo are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Imiloa Astronomy Center ©
Imiloa Astronomy Center

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