11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Honolulu
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly

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Honolulu, Oahu

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lanikai Beach and Sunset Beach Park. Escape the urban bustle at Koko Crater Railway Trail and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Waimanalo Beach (in Waimanalo), Waimea Valley (in Haleiwa) and Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, walk around Ala Moana Beach Park, contemplate the long history of Opana Radar Site, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu online route planner.

Philadelphia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In May, Honolulu is a bit warmer than Philadelphia - with highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Side Trips

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Lihue, Kauai

— 2 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stop by Garden Isle Bath & Body LLC, get great views at Hanalei Valley Lookout, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hanalei Beach, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shipwreck Beach, trek along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Lihue trip planner.

You can fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Lihue can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lahaina.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

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Lahaina, Maui

— 4 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Kamaole Beach Park II. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Napili Beach and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of Lahaina with an excursion to Wailea Beach in Wailea--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Kapalua Beach, hike along Kapalua Coastal Trail, and browse the different shops at Lahaina Cannery Mall.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lahaina, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lihue to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in May, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

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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.