12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay), Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Honolulu travel itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Honolulu is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Sydney in June, things will get much warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 35°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors 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
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court & Ka'anapali Beach) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalepolepo Beach Park, relax in the rural setting at Maui Tropical Plantation, and enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kihei day trip tool .

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. In June, daytime highs in Kihei are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): cruise along Devastation Trail, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then get a taste of the local shopping with Volcano Art Center, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum and then hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hilo itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In June, daytime highs in Hilo are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Jagger Museum
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

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