12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights

2
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, thenhike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sulphur Banks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

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Newark to Hilo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Newark to Hilo due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Hilo reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

1
night
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
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 4th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, thenfulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Kailua Pier.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona day trip tool.

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm
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Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm ©
Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm
Swim with Dolphins
Mokuaikaua Church ©
Mokuaikaua Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Punakea Palms, thensee the interesting displays at Whalers Village Museum, thensee some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally walk around Lahaina Banyan Court. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Baldwin Home Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, thenadmire the majestic nature at Iao Valley, and finally appreciate the history behind Lahaina Jodo Mission.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina route builder app.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina takes 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Lahaina are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Wailuku
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Punakea Palms ©
Punakea Palms
Scuba & Snorkeling
Iao Valley ©
Iao Valley

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Pupukea (Ehukai Beach Park & Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. In December in Honolulu, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pupukea, Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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