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
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Brisbane

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Escape the urban bustle at Diamond Head State Monument and Waikiki Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach) and Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and see the vivid underwater world at Pele's Chair.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Honolulu itinerary planning app .

Brisbane, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Honolulu, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in June, expect nights in Honolulu to be much hotter, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Sunset Beach Park, Pele's Chair
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

2
nights
Kihei, Maui

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach and then kick back and relax at Kapalua Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then kick back and relax at Wailea Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kihei itinerary planner.

You can fly from Honolulu to Kihei in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In June in Kihei, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailea Beach, Kapalua Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach

4
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

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.
Get some cultural insight at Liliuokalani Gardens and Jagger Museum. Get outdoors at Swim with Dolphins and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, Kilauea Iki Trailhead, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park and stroll through Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.

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Getting from Kihei to Hilo by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Puukohola National Historic Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Swim with Dolphins
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead

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