12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Honolulu, Oahu
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Kahului
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
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Honolulu, Oahu — 4 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sea Life Park- Swimming With the Dolphins, Dole Plantation and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Waimea Bay (in Haleiwa), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Head State Monument, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, cruise along Makapu'u Point, and stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu online attractions planner.

Durham to Honolulu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Durham to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Durham in May since evenings lows in Honolulu dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Kahului.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

Kahului — 2 nights

Kahului is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, on the island of Maui, in the U.S. state of Hawaii. Acid War Zone Trail has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Maui Tropical Plantation, then view the masterpieces at Moana Glass by Ryan Staub, and then admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kahului day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kahului takes 2.5 hours. In May in Kahului, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Kailua-Kona.
Parks · Classes · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii — 4 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory as well as Papakōlea Green Sand Beach. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea, enjoy the sand and surf at Mauna Kea Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona route builder site.

You can fly from Kahului to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

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.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.