12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii travel route planner

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Honolulu
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Lahaina
— 2 nights
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Lihue
— 3 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
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Honolulu

— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of USS Arizona Memorial, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and stroll through Waikiki Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu vacation builder site.

Miami to Honolulu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Miami to Honolulu. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in February, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lahaina

— 2 nights

Crown Jewel of 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach, then test your problem-solving skills at Maui Escape Rooms, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, and then stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lahaina route site.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Lahaina takes 2.5 hours. In February in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lihue.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lihue

— 3 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lihue: Waimea (Waimea Canyon State Park & Liko Kauai Cruises). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Ancient Kauai Excursions, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, and hike along Kauai Path.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lihue trip planner.

Fly from Lahaina to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Lihue are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): deepen your understanding of the past and present with Kona Adventure Tours and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farm, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kealakekua Bay, then explore the striking landscape of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally stroll through Kahaluu Beach.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona road trip planner.

You can fly from Lihue to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. In March in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

4.4
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 · Luaus
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.

Kauai travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Beaches
The Garden Isle
The northernmost of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai earned the nickname "Garden Island" because of its abundance of lush greenery and tropical plants, watered frequently with plentiful rainfall. Kauai's landscape continues to suffer from powerful erosion, resulting in natural attractions that include plunging canyons, tall mountain peaks, and the longest sandy coastline of all the Hawaiian islands. Offering a mild tropical climate and pristine wilderness areas largely unspoiled by mass tourism, Kauai is a great vacation destination for visitors eager to escape Hawaii's more crowded tourist resorts. For a genuine Kauai experience, join the locals for one of their famous traditional meat and vegetable feasts, prepared in underground pits lined with hot rocks.

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.