15 days in Island of Hawaii & Oahu Itinerary

15 days in Island of Hawaii & Oahu Itinerary

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1
Hilo
— 6 nights
2
Honolulu
— 8 nights

6
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Swim with Dolphins and Akaka Falls State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hilo: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, &more) and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and take a memorable drive along Banyan Drive.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo day trip planning website.

Detroit to Hilo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Hilo, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in September; daily highs in Hilo reach 86°F and lows reach 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kailua-Kona, Banyan Drive, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Hilo Coffee Mill
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Swim with Dolphins
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

8
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.
Attractions like USS Arizona Memorial and Waikiki Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and don't miss a visit to Polynesian Cultural Center.

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Traveling by flight from Hilo to Honolulu takes 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Polynesian Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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