15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii trip planner

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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
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Volcano
— 1 night
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Kihei
— 3 nights
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Honolulu
— 3 nights
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Poipu
— 2 nights
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Hanalei
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona

— 2 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip site.

Austin to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 4 hours. In March, Kailua-Kona is somewhat warmer than Austin - with highs of 81°F and lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Volcano

— 1 night
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Volcano day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Volcano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Volcano are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Kihei

— 3 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Ho'okipa Beach Park and Makena Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kapalua Beach and Kamaole Beach Park III. Explore Kihei's surroundings by going to Mantokuji Temple Mission of Paia (in Paia) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Lahaina). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Keawakapu Beach, stroll through Ulua Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Honolua Bay.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kihei trip planner.

You can fly from Volcano to Kihei in 4.5 hours. March in Kihei sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Honolulu

— 3 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Waikiki Beach and Ko Olina Lagoons. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lanikai Beach and Swim with Dolphins. There's lots more to do: see the world from above with a helicopter tour, kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park, and appreciate the history behind Queen Liliuokalani Statue.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Kihei to Honolulu in 4.5 hours. March in Honolulu sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Poipu

— 2 nights
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. On the 22nd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then experience rural life at Kauai Coffee Company, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Polihale State Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Menehune Fishpond, then take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls, then hike along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, and finally stroll through Shipwreck Beach.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Poipu travel route planner.

You can fly from Honolulu to Poipu in 3 hours. March in Poipu sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Hanalei.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Hanalei

— 3 nights
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Limahuli Garden and Preserve, then trek along Kalalau Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ke'e Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tunnels Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach.

You can plan Hanalei trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Poipu to Hanalei in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in March, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

4.4
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.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.

Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.

Kauai travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Beaches
The Garden Isle
The northernmost of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai earned the nickname "Garden Island" because of its abundance of lush greenery and tropical plants, watered frequently with plentiful rainfall. Kauai's landscape continues to suffer from powerful erosion, resulting in natural attractions that include plunging canyons, tall mountain peaks, and the longest sandy coastline of all the Hawaiian islands. Offering a mild tropical climate and pristine wilderness areas largely unspoiled by mass tourism, Kauai is a great vacation destination for visitors eager to escape Hawaii's more crowded tourist resorts. For a genuine Kauai experience, join the locals for one of their famous traditional meat and vegetable feasts, prepared in underground pits lined with hot rocks.