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
— 1 day
Fly:  15 min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + Foot:  16 h 15 min
End: New York City

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shangri La as well as Rainbow Scuba Hawaii. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Ward Warehouse, examine the collection at US Army Museum of Hawaii, explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, then do sightseeing your way with Rainbow Scuba Hawaii, and finally browse the exhibits of Shangri La.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu online trip itinerary planner.

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 87°F and lows are around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Rainbow Scuba Hawaii ©
Rainbow Scuba Hawaii
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park ©
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

4
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.
Head to Honolulu Cookie Company Front Street and Pakaloha Bikinisfor plenty of shopping. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Napili Beach and Kamaole Beach Park II. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Kihei (Maui Beach Boys, Tutu's Pantry, &more) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapalua Beach, contemplate the long history of Wo Hing Temple Museum, stop by Water Works Sports, and see the interesting displays at Whalers Village Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina online road trip planner.

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. October in Lahaina sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kihei, Honokeana Bay, Kapalua Beach, Wailea Beach
Highlights from your plan
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Maui Beach Boys ©
Maui Beach Boys
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
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 28th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Kailua Pier, kick back and relax at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), and then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Kona Diving Company, see Kona Boys, and then kick back and relax at Honaunau Bay.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in October, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Honaunau Bay, Kona Boys
Highlights from your plan
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Kona Diving Company ©
Kona Diving Company

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