17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  14​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Escape the urban bustle at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Diamond Head State Monument. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Arizona Memorial and Iolani Palace. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Shark Diving), Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and appreciate the history behind Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect Honolulu to be much warmer, temps between 35°C and 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Get some historical perspective at Waimea Canyon State Park and Kalapaki Beach. For shopping fun, head to Dolphin & Whale Watching or Helicopter Tours. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, take in the dramatic scenery at Wailua Falls, and look for gifts at Kapaia Stitchery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lihue trip planning website .

Getting from Honolulu to Lihue by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Poipu, Waimea Canyon State Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Kihei, Maui

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.
Do your shopping at Haleakala Crater and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lahaina Front Street and Huialoha Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Ka'anapali Beach (in Lahaina) and Charles Lindbergh's Grave (in Kipahulu). There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kihei Baptist Chapel, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kalepolepo Beach Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kihei trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Lihue to Kihei takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lahaina, Charles Lindbergh's Grave, Huialoha Church, Haleakala Crater
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

3
nights
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ©
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, wander the streets of Kalapana, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, and finally stroll through Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, admire all the interesting features of Paradise Meadows Orchard & Bee Farm Home of Hawaii's Local Buzz, then take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center, and finally take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kihei to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In June, daily temperatures in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Naalehu, Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs ©
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach ©
Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

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