12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of USS Arizona Memorial, steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, get engrossed in the history at Iolani Palace, and go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu vacation planner.

New York City to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Honolulu at 82°F and lows at 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kailua
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kihei: Lahaina Banyan Court (in Lahaina) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kihei day trip planner .

You can fly from Honolulu to Kihei in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wailuku, Lahaina Banyan Court, Haleakala Crater, Wailea Beach
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Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

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nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Queens' Market Place (in Waikoloa), The Captain Cook Monument (in Captain Cook) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, take an in-depth tour of Hulihe'e Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona holiday tool .

Getting from Kihei to Kailua-Kona by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pololu Valley Lookout, Queens' Market Place, The Captain Cook Monument, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
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Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, view the masterpieces at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Hilo Farmers Market, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then take in the pleasant sights at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hilo journey planner .

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Hilo sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©

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