9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii trip planner

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Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
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Waimea, Kauai
— 2 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu online attractions planner.

Phoenix to Honolulu is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from Phoenix, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Honolulu, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Waimea.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

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Waimea, Kauai

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Tunnels Beach, take in a show at Hawaii Alive Luau Show & Dinner, take the plunge with Skydive Kauai, get a new perspective on things with Na Pali Experience, then explore the stunning scenery at Waimea Canyon State Park, and finally hike along Canyon Trail.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Waimea trip app.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Waimea takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daily temperatures in Waimea can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lahaina.

Things to do in Waimea

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui

— 2 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

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 (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Hana Highway - Road to Hana, then meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, then take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at Maui Escape Rooms, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, and finally stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lahaina sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by flight from Waimea to Lahaina takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 70°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Beaches

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.