15 days in Island of Hawaii & Oahu Itinerary

15 days in Island of Hawaii & Oahu Itinerary

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15 days in Island of Hawaii & Oahu Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  13​h
1
Hilo
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Honolulu
— 8 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Detroit


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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.
Kids will enjoy Akaka Falls State Park and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kilauea Iki Trailhead, Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, & more), Waipio Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Kailua-Kona (Swim with Dolphins & Mauna Kea). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, explore and take pictures at Banyan Drive, stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Hilo travel planner .

Detroit to Hilo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Detroit to Hilo, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Hilo is a bit warmer than Detroit - with highs of 86°F and lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Waikiki Beach and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. 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, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, contemplate the long history of USS Arizona Memorial, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. September in Honolulu sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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