21 days in Hawaii Itinerary

21 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
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Kihei, Maui
— 5 nights
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Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu — 7 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park will get you outdoors. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Turtle Bay Beach (in Kahuku), Kapolei (Scuba & Snorkeling & Ko Olina Lagoons) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). There's lots more to do: hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, appreciate the views at Nu’uanu Pali, kick back and relax at Shark's Cove, and pause for some photo ops at Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu road trip planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Sydney to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. December in Honolulu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Kihei.
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Kihei, Maui — 5 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.
Visit Napili Beach and Kamaole Beach Park III for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Ho'okipa Beach Park and Wailea Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kihei: Lahaina (Zipline, Baldwin Home Museum, &more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Nakalele Blowhole, kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park II, get some jogging in at Wailea Beach Path, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Polo Beach.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kihei tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kihei takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kihei can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Volcano.
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Volcano, Island of Hawaii — 3 nights

Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Get outdoors at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden and Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Discover out-of-the-way places like Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Punalu‘U Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Volcano: Hilo (Rainbow Falls & Liliuokalani Gardens). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center Gallery, and take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Volcano travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kihei to Volcano takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii — 5 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mauna Kea and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). Explore hidden gems such as Saddle Road and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Step out of Kailua-Kona with an excursion to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park in Honaunau--about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with My Kona Adventures, kick back and relax at Magic Sands, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kona Cloud Forest, and look for gifts at Kona Joe Coffee.

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Getting from Volcano to Kailua-Kona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Hawaii travel guide

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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.
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