16 days in Oahu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu
— 3 nights
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Laie
— 3 nights
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Hilo
— 5 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
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Honolulu — 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lanikai Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Kailua (Island Treasures & Pillbox Hike). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu road trip planning site.

Atlanta to Honolulu is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Atlanta to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Laie.
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Laie — 3 nights

Laie is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Sunset Beach Park and Waimea Valley. Explore hidden gems such as Shark's Cove and Hukilau Beach. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kokololio Beach Park, make a trip to Hukilau Marketplace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pupukea Beach Park, and pause for some photo ops at Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Laie trip maker website.

You can drive from Honolulu to Laie in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Honolulu in June; daily highs in Laie reach 80°F and lows reach 67°F. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Hilo.
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Hilo — 5 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kilauea Iki Trailhead and Richardson Beach Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Holei Sea Arch and Liliuokalani Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Hilo: Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Kehena Black Sand Beach (in Pahoa) and Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market (in Kaimu). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaumana Caves Park, and cruise along Chain of Craters Rd.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hilo travel route app.

Traveling by flight from Laie to Hilo takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Kailua-Kona.
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Kailua-Kona — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at 49 Black Sand Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Magic Sands.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kailua-Kona, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Oahu travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Cemeteries
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.
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.
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