10 days in Oahu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Oahu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Honolulu
— 4 nights
2
Kealakekua
— 2 nights
3
Hilo
— 2 nights

4
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Arizona Memorial and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Visiting Waikiki Beach and Kapiolani Regional Park will get you outdoors. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Sharks Cove (in Pupukea), Haleiwa (Shark Diving & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). And it doesn't end there: trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, pause for some photo ops at Queen Liliuokalani Statue, and explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Honolulu trip planner.

Durham to Honolulu is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Durham to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in December, expect Honolulu to be much hotter, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Kealakekua.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Sharks Cove, Lanikai Beach
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

2
nights
Kealakekua

Kealakekua ©
Kealakekua is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenget engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, and finally stop by Captain Cook Trading Co..

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kealakekua trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Honolulu to Kealakekua in 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kealakekua are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kealakekua

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©
H.N. Greenwell Store Museum ©
H.N. Greenwell Store Museum
Captain Cook Trading Co. ©
Captain Cook Trading Co.

2
nights
Hilo

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 22nd (Sun), get impressive views of Kīlauea, hike along Sulphur Banks, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kazumura Cave Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Carlsmith Beach Park, thenadmire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, thentake a stroll through Kalapana, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Holei Sea Arch.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hilo trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Kealakekua to Hilo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kealakekua in December, with lows around °F. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Holei Sea Arch ©
Holei Sea Arch
Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks

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