17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Phoenix
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Kihei, Maui
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Phoenix

2
days
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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.
On the 13th (Fri), stroll through Kealakekua Bay, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Painted Church, and then experience rural life at Kona Joe Coffee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahaluu Beach, and then stroll through Magic Sands.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Phoenix to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Phoenix to Kailua-Kona. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in October: highs in Kailua-Kona hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 74°F. On the 15th (Sun), you're off toKihei.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kealakekua Bay, The Painted Church, Kona Joe Coffee, Kahaluu Beach
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Kealakekua Bay
Kona Joe Coffee
Mokuaikaua Church

7
days
Kihei, Maui

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've added Maui Mike's Beach House, Mauigrown Coffee Co Store, Burn'n Love, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ho'okipa Beach Park and Maluaka Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Lahaina Courthouse and Charles Lindbergh's Grave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kihei: Laura Mango Art Gallery (in Hana), Lahaina (Wo Hing Temple Museum, Lahaina Galleries, & more) and Pipiwai Trail (in Haleakala National Park). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Makena Beach, look for gifts at Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, admire the masterpieces at Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, and sample the fine beverages at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kihei online itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kailua-Kona to Kihei takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailea, Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Pipiwai Trail, Charles Lindbergh's Grave
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Pipiwai Trail
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Kamaole Beach Park III

7
days
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ko Olina Lagoons and Bishop Museum. U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Sharks Cove (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Pakaloha Bikinis & Waimea Bay). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, kick back and relax at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Byodo-In Temple, and appreciate the history behind USS Arizona Memorial.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu vacation builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in October, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Ko Olina Lagoons, Waikele Premium Outlets, Sharks Cove, The Byodo-In Temple
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Waikiki Beach
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Sharks Cove

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