9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly + bus:  9​h
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ka'anapali Beach and D.T. Fleming Beach Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Wailea (Maluaka Beach & Wailea Beach) and Kalepolepo Beach Park (in Kihei). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Napili Beach, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lahaina United Methodist Church, and stroll through Kapalua Beach.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lahaina trip itinerary tool .

Phoenix to Lahaina is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in December, you will find days in Lahaina are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are much warmer (68°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kapalua, Wailea, Kalepolepo Beach Park
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Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Pupukea (Ehukai Beach Park & Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu driving holiday planner .

Fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daytime highs in Honolulu are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Pupukea
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park

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