19 days in Hawaii Itinerary

19 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Kihei, Maui
— 5 nights


Honolulu, Oahu — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Pupukea (Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument & Ehukai Beach Park) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, and kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Honolulu driving holiday planner.

Oslo, Norway to Honolulu is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Oslo to Honolulu. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Oslo in December; daily highs in Honolulu reach 32°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Kailua-Kona.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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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 3rd (Tue): stop by Mrs. Barry's Kona Cookies, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, and then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Kona Cloud Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona vacation maker.

Getting from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In January in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Volcano.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Volcano, Island of Hawaii — 4 nights

Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Explore Volcano's surroundings by going to Hilo (Liliuokalani Gardens, Hilo Farmers Market, &more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, identify plant and animal life at Devastation Trail, stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and get impressive views of Kīlauea.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Volcano holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Volcano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Volcano can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kihei.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:

Kihei, Maui — 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, kick back and relax at Maluaka Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wailea Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kihei trip planner.

Getting from Volcano to Kihei by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Beaches
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Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

Hawaii travel guide

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.