9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights


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.
Get some historical perspective at USS Arizona Memorial and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and Wys Galleries. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei), Sharks Cove (in Pupukea) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). There's much more to do: hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Charlotte to Honolulu is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Charlotte to Honolulu. In December, Honolulu is much warmer than Charlotte - with highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

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Hilo, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights

America's Wettest City

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally get impressive views of Kīlauea. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, cruise along Saddle Road, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and finally admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens.

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You can fly from Honolulu to Hilo in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Kihei.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Nature

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Kihei, Maui

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): kick back and relax at Makena Beach, kick back and relax at Wailea Beach Path, and then kick back and relax at Wailea Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalepolepo Beach Park, then kick back and relax at Ulua Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kamaole Beach Park III, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kamaole Beach Park II.

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Traveling by flight from Hilo to Kihei takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

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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.