12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Kula, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Waimea, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

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.
Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, stroll through Waikiki Beach, get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Honolulu travel itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. While traveling from Brisbane, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Honolulu, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kula.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, 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
Kula, Maui

Kula ©
Kula is a district of Maui, Hawaii, that stretches across the "up-country", the western-facing slopes of Haleakalā, from Makawao to Ulupalakua. Get out of town with these interesting Kula side-trips: Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Wailuku (Maui Ocean Center & Iao Valley). There's more to do: explore and take pictures at Hana Highway - Road to Hana and admire the masterpieces at Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kula trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Honolulu to Kula by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. In June in Kula, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Waimea.

Things to do in Kula

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailuku, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Haleakala Crater, Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center
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Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Waimea, Kauai

On the 10th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll around Poipu Beach Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Waimea Canyon State Park and then take some stellar pictures from Puu Hinahina Lookout.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Waimea online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Kula to Waimea in 3 hours. June in Waimea sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waimea

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Poipu, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

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