17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Seattle
Fly:  8 h
1
Lihue, Kauai
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Seattle

4
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Step out of the city life by going to Wailua Falls and Ke'e Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Na Pali Coast State Park and Kauai Path. Venture out of the city with trips to Polihale State Park (in Waimea), Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (in Kilauea) and Hanalei (Hanalei Beach & Hanalei Valley Lookout). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Tunnels Beach, and stroll through Shipwreck Beach.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lihue trip itinerary tool.

Seattle to Lihue is an approximately 8- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in December, with highs in Lihue at 79°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kapaa, Hanalei, Kauai, Poipu, Polihale State Park
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Wailua Falls ©
Wailua Falls
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Ke'e Beach ©
Ke'e Beach

4
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ho'okipa Beach Park and Wailea Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kamaole Beach Park III. Change things up with these side-trips from Kihei: Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach) (in Hana), Kapalua Coastal Trail (in Lahaina) and Pipiwai Trail (in Haleakala National Park). There's lots more to do: stroll through Kamaole Beach Park II, enjoy the sand and surf at Ulua Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley, and look for gifts at Maui Specialty Chocolate.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kihei day trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Lihue to Kihei takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daytime highs in Kihei are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Lahaina, Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach), Iao Valley, Maui Specialty Chocolate
Highlights from your plan
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

2
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

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.
On the 25th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo holiday planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Kihei to Hilo in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Saddle Road
Highlights from your plan
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Relax by the water at Ko Olina Lagoons and Sharks Cove. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Valley & Waimea Bay). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Halona Blowhole, and explore the galleries of USS Arizona Memorial.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Hilo to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Sharks Cove, Halona Blowhole, Ko Olina Lagoons
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail

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