12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Austin

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls and then take in the exciting artwork at Extreme Exposure Fine Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hilo trip itinerary maker website .

Austin to Hilo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Austin in November, expect Hilo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 82°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Big Island Candies
Highlights from your plan
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Hilo Farmers Market ©
Hilo Farmers Market
Big Island Candies ©
Big Island Candies

3
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.
Head to Waikoloa Beach Resort and Alii Gardens Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Puukohola National Historic Park. Go for a jaunt from Kailua-Kona to Puako to see Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, buy something for everyone on your list at Kona Inn Shopping Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahaluu Beach.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona route builder site .

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in November, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Waikoloa Beach Resort, Kahaluu Beach, Puukohola National Historic Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Sat), look for gifts at Glass Mango Designs, then don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, then kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Lahaina Jodo Mission.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lahaina journey app .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina by combination of flight and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In November in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Glass Mango Designs ©
Glass Mango Designs
Lahaina Jodo Mission ©
Lahaina Jodo Mission

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.
Head to Polynesian Cultural Center and Shimazu Shave icefor plenty of shopping. Visit USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, appreciate the history behind King Kamehameha Statue, and examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Honolulu online trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park, Polynesian Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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