16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  14​h
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

1
night
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
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 3rd (Mon), take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail and then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilo itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Hilo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to Hilo, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

2
nights
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.
On the 5th (Wed), stroll through Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, experience rural life at The Vanillerie, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and then play a few rounds at Mauna Lani Resort .

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Mauna Lani Resort
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

5
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia), Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Wailea Beach (in Wailea). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, and get engrossed in the history at Baldwin Home Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina planning app .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In February in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maui, Wailuku, Haleakala Crater, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Wailea Beach
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana

6
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at USS Arizona Memorial, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Honolulu itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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