17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Bus + Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
2
Princeville, Kauai
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
3
Kihei, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  12 h 30 min
End: Detroit

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sharks Cove and Sunset Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Turtle Bay Beach (in Kahuku), Ka'ena Point State Park (in Waianae) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Laniakea Beach). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, pause for some photo ops at King Kamehameha Statue, trek along Diamond Head State Monument, and cruise along Makapuu Point.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Honolulu vacation trip planner.

Detroit to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Detroit in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 88°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Princeville.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Oahu, Turtle Bay Beach, Sharks Cove, Ka'ena Point State Park
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park
Laniakea Beach ©
Laniakea Beach

5
nights
Princeville, Kauai

Princeville ©
Princeville is a 9,000acre, upscale, unincorporated, master-planned community of vacation homes and condos on the north shore of the island of Kauai in Kauai County, Hawaii. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ke'e Beach and Anini Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Princeville: Kōloa Rum™ Company Store (in Lihue) and Poipu Beach Park (in Poipu). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach), get great views at Hanalei Valley Lookout, contemplate the waterfront views at Menehune Fishpond, and have some family-friendly fun at Kauai Mini Golf.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Princeville tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Princeville in 3 hours. In September in Princeville, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Princeville

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Hanalei, Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens, Poipu Beach Park, Ke'e Beach
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Ke'e Beach ©
Ke'e Beach
Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach) ©
Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach)
Koloa Rum Company ©
Koloa Rum Company

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ulua Beach and D.T. Fleming Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Maui Wine, Ulupalakua Vineyards (in Kula) and Hana (Charles Lindbergh's Grave & Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach)). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Keawakapu Beach, get some jogging in at Wailea Beach Path, tour the pleasant surroundings at Makena Beach, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kihei tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Princeville to Kihei in 2 hours. Traveling from Princeville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kihei, with lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Wailea, Maui Wine, Ulupalakua Vineyards, Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach), D.T. Fleming Park, Helicopter Tours
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Ulua Beach ©
Ulua Beach
Keawakapu Beach ©
Keawakapu Beach
Wailea Beach Path ©
Wailea Beach Path

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