8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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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
— 2 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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shipwreck Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lihue online tour planner.

San Francisco to Lihue is an approximately 7.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Lihue, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Lihue reach 86°F and lows reach 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to 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.
On the 9th (Sun), stroll through Napili Beach, then stroll through Kapalua Beach, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): kick back and relax at Wailea Beach, then stroll through Makena Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ho'okipa Beach Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lahaina trip planner.

Getting from Lihue to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wailea, Kapalua Beach, Parasailing & Paragliding, Ho'okipa Beach Park
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Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, examine the collection at Pacific Tsunami Museum, then cruise along Saddle Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, and finally get impressive views of Kīlauea.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Hilo itinerary builder tool.

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 August, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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.
On the 13th (Thu), hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, stroll through Lanikai Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Honolulu trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 75°F. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Kailua
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Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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