9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
day
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael the Archangel Church.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona attractions planner .

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Kailua-Kona is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 83°F and lows about 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kahaluu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach
St. Michael the Archangel Church ©
St. Michael the Archangel Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Lahaina United Methodist Church.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina road trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. May in Lahaina sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Maui Ocean Center
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

4
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.
Visit USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial for their historical value. Attractions like Waikiki Beach and Swim with Dolphins make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, stroll through Manoa Falls, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu day trip planning website .

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Honolulu are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Swim with Dolphins
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

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