9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + bus:  14​h
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Kahului, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Lahaina is known for nightlife, wildlife, adventure, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, stroll through Napili Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina journey planner.

Detroit to Lahaina is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Detroit to Lahaina. In April, Lahaina is warmer than Detroit - with highs of 80°F and lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kahului.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Kahului, Maui

Kahului is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, on the island of Maui, in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley, meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Maui Specialty Chocolate, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kahului trip planner .

Getting from Lahaina to Kahului by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in April, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kahului

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Wailuku, Kihei
Highlights from your plan
Helicopter Tours
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Iao Valley ©
Iao Valley

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): browse the exhibits of USS Arizona Memorial, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, and then explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planner .

Getting from Kahului to Honolulu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. In April, daytime highs in Honolulu are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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