10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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

— 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.
Relax by the water at Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Arizona Memorial and Iolani Palace. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, see the vivid underwater world at Pele's Chair, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu trip itinerary planner.

Charlotte to Honolulu is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Charlotte to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in December; daily highs in Honolulu reach 82°F and lows reach 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Kihei, Maui

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Makena Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Maluaka Beach, and then kick back and relax at Wailea Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kihei trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kihei takes 2.5 hours. December in Kihei sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can fly to Volcano.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Volcano, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Devastation Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, hike along Sulphur Banks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Volcano online vacation planner.

Getting from Kihei to Volcano by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Volcano can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Volcano

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 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 31st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then stop by Kailua Pier.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Volcano to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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.