17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
We've included these beaches for you: Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. Popular historic sites such as USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Lanikai Beach (in Kailua), Ihilani Spa (in Kapolei) and Pupukea (Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument & Ehukai Beach Park). There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, explore the gorgeous colors at Pele's Chair, appreciate the history behind King Kamehameha Statue, and steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip planner.

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Honolulu at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Lahaina, Maui

Crown Jewel of Maui

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.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ka'anapali Beach. Get some cultural insight at Whalers Village Museum and Maui Hands. Venture out of the city with trips to Wailea (Wailea Beach & Maluaka Beach) and Hale Ho'ike'ike at the Bailey House (in Wailuku). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip builder tool.

You can fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Lahaina are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): stroll through Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahaluu Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kailua-Kona online holiday planner.

Getting from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs and Ka Lae Light. Liliuokalani Gardens and Jagger Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Volcano: Hilo (Rainbow Falls & Akaka Falls State Park), Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu) and Kalapana (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). There's still lots to do: hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, get impressive views of Kīlauea, take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, and stroll through Pu'u Huluhulu trail.

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Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Volcano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in December, plan for little chillier nights in Volcano, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.