12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Kihei, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

2
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kihei: Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court & Ka'anapali Beach) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, stop by Proteas of Hawaii, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kihei vacation planner .

Los Angeles to Kihei is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in October, with highs in Kihei at 36°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailuku, Haleakala Crater, Proteas of Hawaii, Helicopter Tours
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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.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, then admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail. On the next day, shop like a local with Volcano Art Center, then contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, and then get outside with Keanakakoi Crater Overlook.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Hilo day trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Hilo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Hilo to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In October in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery & Funeral Services, 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

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