15 days in Oahu, Kauai & Maui Itinerary

15 days in Oahu, Kauai & Maui Itinerary

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15 days in Oahu, Kauai & Maui Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  14​h
1
Haleiwa
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Kapaa
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Kihei
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Newark


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4
nights
Haleiwa

Haleiwa is a North Shore community and census-designated place (CDP) in the Waialua District of the island of Oahu, City and County of Honolulu. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ko Olina Lagoons and Laniakea Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Sunset Beach Park and Banzai Pipeline. Explore Haleiwa's surroundings by going to Ka'ena Point State Park (in Waianae), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kailua) and Turtle Bay Beach (in Kahuku). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Sharks Cove, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the verdant scenery at Waimea Valley, and cross one thing off your bucket list with a skydiving experience.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Haleiwa planner .

Newark to Haleiwa is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Newark to Haleiwa. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Haleiwa to be much warmer, temps between 76°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kapaa.

Things to do in Haleiwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pupukea, Ka'ena Point State Park, Kayaking & Canoeing, Turtle Bay Beach, Ko Olina Lagoons
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Skydiving
Banzai Pipeline ©
Banzai Pipeline
Ko Olina Lagoons ©
Ko Olina Lagoons

4
nights
Kapaa

Kapaa ©
Noted for its low-key beaches, Kapaa is a small town with a high concentration of tourist-oriented hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kalalau Trail and Polihale State Park. Get in touch with nature at Hanalei Beach and Shipwreck Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Hanalei Valley Lookout (in Hanalei) and Ke'e Beach (in Haena). The adventure continues: hike along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, relax in the rural setting at Kauai Coffee Company, admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls, and stroll through Kauai Path.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kapaa travel route builder website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Haleiwa to Kapaa takes 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kapaa are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Kapaa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hanalei, Kauai, Poipu, Polihale State Park, Na Pali Coast State Park
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Ke'e Beach ©
Ke'e Beach
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach

6
nights
Kihei

Kihei ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pipiwai Trail and Ho'okipa Beach Park. Get outdoors at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kamaole Beach Park III. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kihei: Lahaina Banyan Court (in Lahaina), Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach) (in Hana) and Kapalua Beach (in Kapalua). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach Path, stroll through Kalepolepo Beach Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kihei road trip website .

You can fly from Kapaa to Kihei in 1.5 hours. January in Kihei sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Pipiwai Trail, Lahaina Banyan Court, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 9:
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Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Keawakapu Beach ©
Keawakapu Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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