12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu driving holiday website .

Toronto, Canada to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Honolulu, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kawaiahao Church, Kailua Beach Park
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kihei: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park) and Lahaina (Ka'anapali Beach, Baldwin Home Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, immerse yourself in nature at Iao Valley, stroll through Wailea Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kalepolepo Beach Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kihei tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kihei takes 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 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailuku, Haleakala Crater, Wailea Beach
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

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 3rd (Fri), admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hilo online route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. In January in Hilo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden ©
Rainbow Falls ©
Rainbow Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stop by 2nd Wave Beach and Boat, then kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona road trip planner .

Drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kahaluu Beach
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Swim with Dolphins
Kahaluu Beach ©
Kahaluu Beach
Mokuaikaua Church ©
Mokuaikaua Church

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