12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights

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Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©

America's Wettest City

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 12th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, and then whizz through the canopy at The Umauma Experience.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip planner.

New York City to Hilo is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Hilo. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Hilo at 80°F and lows at 65°F. You'll set off for Kailua-Kona on the 13th (Sun).

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Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

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Waterfall
Rainbow Falls
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Heart of the Kona Coast

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 14th (Mon): experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally whizz through the canopy at Hawaii Forest and Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hilo to Kailua-Kona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Honolulu.

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Swim with Dolphins
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Religious Site
Mokuaikaua Church
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Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©

Big Pineapple

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), Pupukea (Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument & Ehukai Beach Park) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, examine the collection at Iolani Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip builder app.

Fly from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu in 4 hours. December in Honolulu sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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