12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  14​h 15​min
1
Lahaina, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
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.
When in Lahaina, make a side trip to see Wailea Beach in Wailea, approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach, make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center, and stop by Pakaloha Bikinis.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip builder.

Newark to Lahaina is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Lahaina, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Maui Ocean Center, Wailea Beach, Kapalua Beach
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Lahaina Banyan Court ©
Lahaina Banyan Court

2
nights
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 21st (Fri), kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona takes 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kahaluu Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Swim with Dolphins
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park), Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at USS Arizona Memorial, stroll through Puu Ualakaa State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park, and identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Honolulu trip planner.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Polynesian Cultural Center, Nu’uanu Pali
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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