9 days in Island of Hawaii, Haleakala National Park & Lahaina Itinerary

9 days in Island of Hawaii, Haleakala National Park & Lahaina Itinerary

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9 days in Island of Hawaii, Haleakala National Park & Lahaina Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  17​h
1
Hilo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Haleakala National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Lahaina
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Fly + Foot:  13​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Hilo

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 11th (Thu): kick back and relax at Richardson Beach Park, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then take in the pleasant sights at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hilo driving holiday planner.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-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 Hilo is minus 5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

1
night
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get impressive views of Kīlauea, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park attractions tool .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Haleakala National Park.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Devastation Trail ©
Devastation Trail
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

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nights
Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park ©
Haleakala National Park offers visitors the rare opportunity to walk down into the intact crater of a volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): ride a horse along Pipiwai Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Hana Highway - Road to Hana and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pools at Ohe'o.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Haleakala National Park trip builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Haleakala National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Haleakala National Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. You will leave for Lahaina on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Haleakala National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Hana Highway - Road to Hana
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Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Pools at Ohe'o ©
Pools at Ohe'o

1
night
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 15th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Lahaina Jodo Mission, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lahaina sightseeing website .

You can take a bus from Haleakala National Park to Lahaina in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Zipline

1
night
Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): stroll through Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Fishing Charters & Tours

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