18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

18 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Lihue, Kauai
— 1 night
Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights


Honolulu, Oahu — 5 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Take a break from Honolulu with a short trip to Kailua Beach Park in Kailua, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu driving holiday planner.

Charlotte to Honolulu is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. While traveling from Charlotte, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Honolulu, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Lihue.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches
Side Trip

Lihue, Kauai — 1 night

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. On the 14th (Fri), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then head outdoors with Kauai Safaris, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lihue road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Lihue takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Lihue can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lahaina.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Lahaina, Maui — 5 nights

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 find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), Iao Valley (in Wailuku) and Ho'omana Spa Maui (in Makawao). Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Kapalua Beach, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach.

Discover how to plan a Lahaina trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Lihue to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Lahaina are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Volcano.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

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.
Explore Volcano's surroundings by going to Holei Sea Arch (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park), Hilo (Liliuokalani Gardens, Akaka Falls State Park, &more) and Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden (in Papaikou). There's still lots to do: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center Gallery, get great views at Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, and get impressive views of Kīlauea.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Volcano trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Volcano takes 2.5 hours. October in Volcano sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kailua-Kona.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, then head outdoors with Hawaii Offshore, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kona Cloud Forest, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, and finally stroll through Mauna Kea Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Volcano to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in October, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

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

Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
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.