11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

11 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
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Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae). There's much more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, explore the activities along Kealakekua Bay, steep yourself in history at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, and cruise along Saddle Road.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona day trip planning site.

Charlotte to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Charlotte in December, with highs in Kailua-Kona at 82°F and lows at 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kihei.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kihei, Maui

— 4 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: Lahaina Banyan Court (in Lahaina), Zipline (in Ka'anapali) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley, sample the tasty concoctions at Maui Brewing Company, pause for some serene contemplation at The Awakening Church, and kick back and relax at Kamaole Beach Park III.

Plan a Kihei trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to Kihei in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kihei can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 2 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.
For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Kihei to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Trails

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

4.5
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.