9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Kula, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona day trip tool .

San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is minus 2 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 82°F and lows are around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kula.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Kahaluu Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach

2
nights
Kula, Maui

Kula ©
Kula is a district of Maui, Hawaii, that stretches across the "up-country", the western-facing slopes of Haleakalā, from Makawao to Ulupalakua. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then explore the striking landscape at Haleakala Crater. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, and then don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kula trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kailua-Kona to Kula in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and taxi. December in Kula sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kula

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Wailuku, Lahaina, Haleakala Crater
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Scuba & Snorkeling
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

5
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read Honolulu online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Kula to Honolulu by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

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