FAMILY VACATION TO HAWAII
SHARED BY LAILA
17 NIGHTS/7 STOPS
Once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Hawaiian islands: a breathtaking diversity of mountain landscapes, volcanoes & beaches.
After California and Maine, Laila and her family wanted to explore another state during their time as expatriates in the United States. They chose Hawaii because they didn’t want excessively long driving distances during their trip. Thus, the average driving time from one place to another was 2 hours max. Island-hopping was easy and quick thanks to good domestic flights. Also, they considered it would be easier traveling to Hawaii from the US than from Europe. A non-stop flight with United or Hawaiian from NY will take you to Honolulu before you know it! Hawaii’s extraordinary biodiversity, ranging from volcanoes to magnificent waterfalls and colorful beaches, made this trip unique. The family tried to avoid the tourist-popular part of each island concentrating instead on the more authentic places. They found charming lodging options that allowed them to basically stay away from the crowded all-inclusive resorts. Do enjoy this stunning itinerary created and tested by Laila and her family.
NEW YORK – HONOLULU
DOMESTIC FLIGHT & RENTAL CAR
3 domestic flights (o’ahu-kauai-maui-big island)
5 hours on the road & 3 hours in the air
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL = $ 3420 /pp for 17 nights$ 840 pp for 17 nights
$ 455 pp Hiking tour for 2 nights + 3 days all included (food, car and guide)
$1100 /pp intl flight – $485 /pp domestic flights
$540 /pp car rental
VARIETY OF BEACHES & NATURAL WONDERS
Hana road, waterfalls, and trails
Hiking Waimea Canyon in Kauai
Sleeping in tent on Polihale Beach
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
Kauai: Hanalei Bay
Kauai: Polihale Beach
Kauai: Koke'e State Park
Big Island: Volcano Park
AIRPORT O’AHU ISLAND
15 km / 20 min
HONOLULU (O’AHU) TO
PRINCEVILLE ( KAUAI)
40 min flight+ 25 km / 25 min
PRINCEVILLE (KAUAI) TO
POHIHALE BEACH PARK (KAUAI)
100 km / 2
POHIHALE (KAUAI) TO KOKE’E
STATE PARK (KAUAI)
45 km /1h
KOKE’E SP (KAUI) TO
70 km/1h30+40 min flight+20 km/20 min
MAKAWAO (MAUI) TO
VOLCANO PARK (BIG ISLAND)
35 min flight + 45 km / 40 min
VOLCANO PARK (BIG ISLAND)
TO WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
150 km / 2h
GOOD TO KNOW
Prepare or buy food in advance when going to Volcano Park & Hana road because there is nothing on hand nor in the area
Bring very warm clothing for evening sunset in Haleakala. It was windy and freezing cold!
One day in Honolulu was sufficient for us. It’s very touristy, the main attraction is Pearl Harbor.
Unfortunately the road was closed in Hanalei, Kaui island and the National Volcano Park was closed on Big Island. We should have adapted slightly our itinerary to stay longer in Maui if we had known. We recommend you to check carefully the situation when you start planning your trip.
Kauai island offers great hiking trails. Beware that the trails can be very steep and strenuous. Tell your hiking guide if you have fear of heights! Thrills are garanteed!
Big Island was quite disappointing for us as the Volcano state Park was still closed and we were threatened by hurricane Lane. We didn’t see what we should have seen and our 3 beach days ended up being 3 rain days!
We loved the little surfer town Paia in Maui. Here is our list of favorite restaurants: Paia Fish Market & Café des amis. Another great restaurant is Nuka in the little town of Haiku (15 m drive from Paia). They serve delicious sushis and margaritas!