12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Wailea, Maui
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
5
Kihei, Maui
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Santiago

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Ehukai Beach Park (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). There's still lots to do: stroll through Diamond Head State Monument, appreciate the history behind King Kamehameha Statue, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, and get great views at Puu Ualakaa State Park.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Honolulu day trip planner .

Santiago, Chile to Honolulu is an approximately 22-hour flight. Traveling from Santiago to Honolulu, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Honolulu are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Ehukai Beach Park
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Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): browse the fresh offerings at Hilo Farmers Market, stop by Big Island Candies, then get to know the resident critters at Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Catholic Church,.

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Getting from Honolulu to Hilo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Big Island Candies
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Hilo Farmers Market ©
Hilo Farmers Market
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls
Big Island Candies ©
Big Island Candies

2
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.
On the 27th (Sun), kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, then relax in the rural setting at Greenwell Farms, and then steep yourself in history at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Wailea.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Greenwell Farms, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) ©
Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

2
nights
Wailea, Maui

Wailea ©
Wailea is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. On the 29th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Keawala'i Congregational Church, identify plant and animal life at Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve, and then get impressive views of Molokini Crater. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Wailea Beach, then tee off at Wailea Blue Golf Course, and then stop by Sweet Paradise Chocolatier.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Wailea sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kailua-Kona to Wailea takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In December, daytime highs in Wailea are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kihei.

Things to do in Wailea

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Maui
Highlights from your plan
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve ©
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Molokini Crater ©
Molokini Crater

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, and then relax in the rural setting at Surfing Goat Dairy.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kihei trip itinerary builder tool .

Kihei is just a stone's throw from Wailea. In December in Kihei, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Wailuku, Surfing Goat Dairy
Highlights from your plan
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Iao Valley ©
Iao Valley
Surfing Goat Dairy ©
Surfing Goat Dairy

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