12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
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Haiku, Maui
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

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 5th (Tue), relax in the rural setting at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, contemplate the long history of Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, examine the collection at Kona Historical Society, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, and then contemplate the long history of Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona online vacation planner.

Toronto, Canada to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, expect nights in Kailua-Kona to be much hotter, around 26°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Haiku.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Haiku, Maui

— 3 nights
Haiku is an unincorporated community in Maui County on the island of Maui in the state of Hawaii. Get some cultural insight at Sacred Hearts Mission Church and Maui Veterans Cemetery. Visiting Haleakala Crater and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Lahaina (Lahaina Banyan Court & Zipline). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Hana Highway - Road to Hana, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Ghost Mission, grab your bike and head to Bike Park Maui, and contemplate the waterfront views at Waioka Pond.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Haiku visit planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Haiku takes 4 hours. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Haiku, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Haiku

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 6 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Escape the urban bustle at Diamond Head State Monument and Swim with Dolphins. Get some historical perspective at USS Arizona Memorial and Iolani Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Haleiwa (Shark Diving, Waimea Bay, &more), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, pause for some photo ops at Queen Liliuokalani Statue, and examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Haiku to Honolulu in 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.