12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Newark

4
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maria Lanakila Catholic Church and Ho'okipa Beach Park. Step out of Lahaina with an excursion to Haleakala Crater in Haleakala National Park--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, contemplate the long history of Old Lahaina Courthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip planner.

Newark to Lahaina is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Lahaina is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Newark in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Lahaina, with lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleakala Crater, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Ho'okipa Beach Park
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Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Old Lahaina Courthouse ©
Old Lahaina Courthouse

2
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.
Swim with Dolphins has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Michael the Archangel Church. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, then steep yourself in history at The Painted Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kealakekua Bay.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Kahaluu Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Kanaloa Octopus Farm ©
Kanaloa Octopus Farm
Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Discover out-of-the-way places like Koko Crater Railway Trail and Laniakea Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa) and Bellows Field Beach Park (in Waimanalo). There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, admire the majestic nature at Puu Ualakaa State Park, appreciate the history behind USS Utah Memorial, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Honolulu trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu takes 4 hours. August in Honolulu sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Bellows Field Beach Park
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Sunset Beach Park ©
Sunset Beach Park
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail

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