9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
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Kihei, Maui
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Honolulu, Oahu
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then cruise along Saddle Road, and finally hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Hilo is minus 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in April: highs in Hilo hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kihei, Maui

— 2 nights
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
On the 5th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Kalepolepo Beach Park, then kick back and relax at Napili Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Kamaole Beach Park III, then see the interesting displays at Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House, and then kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kihei vacation builder website.

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Kihei takes 3 hours. In April in Kihei, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lanikai Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get in touch with nature at Koko Crater Railway Trail and Ko Olina Lagoons. Change things up with a short trip to Shark Diving in Haleiwa (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, take some stellar pictures from Puu Ualakaa State Park, get engrossed in the history at USS Arizona Memorial, and explore the striking landscape at Halona Blowhole.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Kihei to Honolulu takes 4.5 hours. In April in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.