10 days in Oahu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Oahu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Oahu & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Honolulu
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Kealakekua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Hilo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Durham

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.
Visit USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific for their historical value. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Waikiki Beach and Sharks Cove. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Shark Diving & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park, hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, and appreciate the history behind Queen Liliuokalani Statue.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Honolulu online trip itinerary maker .

Durham to Honolulu is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Durham to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in December, things will get much hotter in Honolulu: highs are around 82°F and lows about 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kealakekua.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then get engrossed in the history at H.N. Greenwell Store Museum, and finally stop by Captain Cook Trading Co..

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kealakekua online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kealakekua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Hilo.

Things to do in Kealakekua

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get impressive views of Kīlauea, then trek 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): stroll through Carlsmith Beach Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then take a stroll through Kalapana, and finally take some stellar pictures from Holei Sea Arch.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hilo tour builder tool .

You can drive from Kealakekua to Hilo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Hilo when traveling from Kealakekua in December, with lows around 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling 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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