9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Lihue, Kauai
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. On the 1st (Fri), admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Shipwreck Beach, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lihue online trip itinerary planner .

San Francisco to Lihue is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in May, with highs in Lihue at 82°F and lows at 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Poipu, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls
Scuba & Snorkeling
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach

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 3rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Napili Beach, kick back and relax at Kapalua Beach, and then trek along Kapalua Coastal Trail. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach, then kick back and relax at Makena Beach, and then kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahaina holiday planning website .

Getting from Lihue to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Lahaina are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach
Highlights from your plan
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park

2
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): examine the collection at Jagger Museum, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, go for a walk through Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and then take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Hilo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Jagger Museum, Saddle Road
Highlights from your plan
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, then stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, and then hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, and then stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Honolulu day trip site .

Getting from Hilo to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Trails Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail

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