17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Start: Seattle
Fly:  8 h
1
Lihue, Kauai
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
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 Kauai Path. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Polihale State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanalei (Hanalei Beach & Hanalei Valley Lookout), Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (in Kilauea). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ke'e Beach, admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls, get great views at Sleeping Giant Trail, and stroll through Tunnels Beach.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lihue trip itinerary tool.

Seattle to Lihue is an approximately 8.5-hour 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

Kauai, Hanalei, Kapaa, Poipu, Ke'e Beach
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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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 Kamaole Beach Park III. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Pipiwai Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Kihei: Kapalua Beach (in Kapalua), Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach) (in Hana) and Kapalua Coastal Trail (in Lahaina). There's lots more to do: stroll through Kamaole Beach Park II, enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley, and look for gifts at Maui Specialty Chocolate.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kihei day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Lihue to Kihei takes 3 hours. 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, Kapalua Beach, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach)
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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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, thenadmire the natural beauty at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, thentour 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, thencontemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hilo holiday planning tool.

You can fly from Kihei to Hilo in 3 hours. 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
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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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 Manoa Falls and Lanikai Beach. Relax by the water at Kailua Beach Park and Ko Olina Lagoons. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Valley & Waimea Bay) and Sharks Cove (in Pupukea). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, appreciate the extensive heritage of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the dramatic natural features at Halona Blowhole.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Honolulu online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Honolulu takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Honolulu are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Ko Olina Lagoons, Halona Blowhole, Sharks Cove
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:
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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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