17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
4
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Koko Crater Railway Trail and Helicopter Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea), Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and don't miss a visit to North Shore.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary planner.

Houston to Honolulu is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Honolulu is minus 4 hours. In December, Honolulu is somewhat warmer than Houston - with highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Oahu, Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Swim with Dolphins
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 9:
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kamaole Beach Park II and Nakalele Blowhole. Get out of town with these interesting Lahaina side-trips: Wailea (Keawakapu Beach & Little Beach). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach, hike along Kapalua Coastal Trail, and steep yourself in history at Old Lahaina Courthouse.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lahaina trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Maui, Kamaole Beach Park II
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:
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Punakea Palms ©
Punakea Palms
Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II
Keawakapu Beach ©
Keawakapu 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, learn more about the world around you at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, then kick back and relax at Carlsmith Beach Park, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally cruise along Banyan Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, get impressive views of Kīlauea, then stroll through Sulphur Banks, and finally trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo day trip planner.

You can fly from Lahaina to Hilo in 3.5 hours. In December in Hilo, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Banyan Drive, Jagger Museum
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

3
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, examine the collection at Kona Historical Society, then relax in the rural setting at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lekeleke Burial Ground. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at The Vanillerie, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael the Archangel Church.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona road trip tool.

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kona Historical Society, Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm ©
Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm
Swim with Dolphins
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©

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