12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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

— 2 nights

America's Wettest City

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, then hike 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, then take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

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Newark to Hilo is an approximately 13.5-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 80°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 1 night

Heart of the Kona Coast

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, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Kailua Pier.

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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 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods

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Lahaina, Maui

— 2 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

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, then see the interesting displays at Whalers Village Museum, then see 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, then admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley, and finally appreciate the history behind Lahaina Jodo Mission.

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Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Lahaina are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Wildlife

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Honolulu, Oahu

— 6 nights

Big Pineapple

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: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Pupukea (Ehukai Beach Park & Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). 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.

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You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In December in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.