16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Fly to Lihue Airport, Drive to Hanalei
Hanalei, Kauai
— 2 nights
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights


Hanalei, Kauai — 2 nights

Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hanalei Beach and Tunnels Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Waimea Canyon State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Hanalei: Waimea (Puu Hinahina Lookout & Koke'e Mountains). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Na Pali Coast State Park and take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Hanalei trip itinerary planner.

Washington to Hanalei is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Washington in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hanalei, with lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Lahaina.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Haleakala Crater. Visit Ka'anapali Beach and Napili Beach for some beach relaxation. Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. The adventure continues: stroll through Kapalua Beach, pause for some photo ops at Lahaina Jodo Mission, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and enjoy the sand and surf at D.T. Fleming Park.

Before you visit Lahaina, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Hanalei to Lahaina by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In August in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Kailua-Kona.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Puukohola National Historic Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and finally take in the waterfront at Kailua Pier. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Puna Chocolate Company, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then identify plant and animal life at Kona Cloud Forest, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona tour website.

Fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Honolulu.
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Honolulu, Oahu — 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Arizona Memorial and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument. Get in touch with nature at Waikiki Beach and Lanikai Beach. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park, Waimea Bay, &more) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's much more to do: stroll through Diamond Head State Monument, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu tour planner.

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In August in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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Hawaii travel guide

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.