9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Kula, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  13​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Kula, Maui

Kula ©
Kula is a district of Maui, Hawaii, that stretches across the "up-country", the western-facing slopes of Haleakalā, from Makawao to Ulupalakua. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kula: Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court & Ka'anapali Beach), Maui Ocean Center (in Wailuku) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Park Maui, and stop by Proteas of Hawaii.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kula travel route tool .

Washington DC to Kula is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of subway, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Kula at 82°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kula

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Lahaina, Haleakala Crater, Maui Ocean Center, Bike Park Maui, Hana Highway - Road to Hana
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kula to Honolulu by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, daytime highs in Honolulu are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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