14 days in Island of Hawaii, Lahaina & Haleakala National Park Itinerary

14 days in Island of Hawaii, Lahaina & Haleakala National Park Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Hilo International Airport, Drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lahaina
— 1 night
Drive
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Haleakala National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Kahului Airport, Fly to Washington

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 3 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Step out of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to go to Naalehu and see Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and trek along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip planner.

Washington to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Washington in December, with highs in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at 80°F and lows at 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Kailua-Kona

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): do sightseeing your way with Kona Cloud Forest, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, and finally visit Kailua Pier. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Puukohola National Historic Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and then stroll through Mauna Kea Beach.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary site.

Drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Hilo

— 3 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 1st (Sat), experience rural life at Hamakua Chocolate Farm, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Hilo Farmers Market, then stop by Big Island Candies, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hilo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kailua-Kona to Hilo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 65°F in Hilo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Shopping · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Lahaina

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Maui Tropical Plantation, meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip maker website.

You can fly from Hilo to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Haleakala National Park.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Haleakala National Park

— 3 nights

A Rare and Sacred Landscape

Haleakala National Park offers visitors the rare opportunity to walk down into the intact crater of a volcano.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Hana Highway - Road to Hana. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Haleakala Crater, then make a trip to Charles Lindbergh's Grave, and then explore by horseback at Pipiwai Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Haleakala National Park attractions planner.

Explore your travel options from Lahaina to Haleakala National Park with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Haleakala National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Haleakala National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.