17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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17 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Lihue, Kauai
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
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.
Visiting Baby Beach and Ho'okipa Beach Park will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Wailea Beach Path and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get out of town with these interesting Kihei side-trips: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Lahaina). There's much more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Maui Brewing Company, identify plant and animal life at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kihei journey planning app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Kihei is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December: high temperatures in Kihei hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lahaina, Haleakala Crater, McGregor Point Light, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Wailea Beach Path
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Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Wailea Beach Path ©
Wailea Beach Path

4
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll get in some beach time at Shipwreck Beach and Lawa'i Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kauai Path and Hanalei Valley Lookout. Step out of Lihue to go to Waimea and see Waimea Canyon State Park, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lihue trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kihei to Lihue by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu, Koloa, Hanalei Valley Lookout, Kauai Path, Waimea Canyon State Park
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Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach
Hanalei Valley Lookout ©
Hanalei Valley Lookout

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, then walk around Kapiolani Regional Park, and finally admire all the interesting features of Nu’uanu Pali. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kuhio Beach, kick back and relax at Ala Moana Beach Park, and then appreciate the history behind Queen Liliuokalani Statue.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip planner .

Getting from Lihue to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nu’uanu Pali
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Ala Moana Beach Park ©
Ala Moana Beach Park
Kapiolani Regional Park ©
Kapiolani Regional Park

5
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i and White Sand Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Carlsmith Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kīlauea & Sulphur Banks). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip site .

Fly from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. December in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Kahaluu Beach, Carlsmith Beach Park
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Kanaloa Octopus Farm ©
Kanaloa Octopus Farm

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