15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii trip planner

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Kailua-Kona
— 6 nights
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Lahaina
— 2 nights
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Honolulu
— 4 nights
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Lihue, Kauai
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Kailua-Kona

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy Swim with Dolphins and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). Step off the beaten path and head to Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Honaunau (Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park & Honaunau Bay), Waikoloa (49 Black Sand Beach & Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve) and Kealakekua Bay (in Captain Cook). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Hilo Farmers Market, surround yourself with nature on Kona Cloud Forest, and appreciate the views at Waipio Valley.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona online visit planner.

Orlando to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kailua-Kona when traveling from Orlando in December, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Lahaina

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park III, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach, and then pause for some photo ops at Lahaina Jodo Mission.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lahaina route planner.

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Honolulu

— 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.
Let the collections at USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park capture your imagination. Visit Lanikai Beach and Ko Olina Lagoons for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu driving holiday planner.

Fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Lihue, Kauai

— 2 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. On the 8th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, and then stroll through Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lihue trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Honolulu to Lihue by flight takes about 2.5 hours. January in Lihue sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

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Hawaii travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
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.

Maui travel guide

4.4
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.

Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.