36 days in Hawaii Itinerary

36 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii travel planner

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Volcano
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 7 nights
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Kihei
— 8 nights
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Koloa, Kauai
— 6 nights
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Honolulu
— 10 nights
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Volcano

— 4 nights
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Volcano: Papaikou (Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden & Hamakua Chocolate Farm) and Hilo (Akaka Falls State Park, Rainbow Falls, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Volcano online vacation planner.

Los Angeles to Volcano is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Volcano is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, expect Volcano to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

Kailua-Kona

— 7 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: Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). And it doesn't end there: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, relax in the rural setting at The Vanillerie, kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, and admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Volcano to Kailua-Kona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to fly to Kihei.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 17:

Kihei

— 8 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.
Explore Kihei's surroundings by going to Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), Zipline (in Kula) and Lahaina (Whalers Village Museum, Ka'anapali Beach, &more). Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, play a few rounds at Makena Golf Courses, relax in the rural setting at Maui Tropical Plantation, and enjoy the sand and surf at Maluaka Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kihei route app.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Kihei takes 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kailua-Kona in November since evenings lows in Kihei dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Koloa.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 25:

Koloa, Kauai

— 6 nights
Kōloa is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koloa: Garden Isle Divers (in Lihue), Kapaa (Garden Isle Bath & Body LLC & Lydgate Farms Kauai Chocolate) and Hanalei (Hanalei Beach & Hanalei Valley Lookout). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and admire the natural beauty at Allerton Garden.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Koloa trip tool.

Fly from Kihei to Koloa in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Honolulu.

Things to do in Koloa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 1:

Honolulu

— 10 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.
Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Haleiwa (Pupukea Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park, &more) and Ihilani Spa (in Kapolei). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center, admire the striking features of Shangri La, and make a trip to Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Koloa to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. December in Honolulu sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 11:

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.

Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.