12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  14​h
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 1 night
foot + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
night
Lahaina, 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.
To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lahaina holiday planner .

Newark to Lahaina is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Lahaina to be much warmer, temps between 78°F and 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Maui Ocean Center
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

1
night
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

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 8th (Sat), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona itinerary planner .

Getting from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Volcano: Hilo (Rainbow Falls, Akaka Falls State Park, & more). Spend the 10th (Mon) among the fascinating landscape of Kulanaokuaiki Campground. There's lots more to do: trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, head outdoors with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook, view the masterpieces at Volcano Art Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Volcano online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Volcano by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kailua-Kona in December since evenings lows in Volcano dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Volcano

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hilo
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Volcano to Honolulu takes 4.5 hours. In December in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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