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
Kihei, Maui
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
4
Hanalei, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 day
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Austin

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach Path.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kihei road trip tool .

Austin to Kihei is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Austin to Kihei. May in Kihei sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Wailea
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Wailea Beach Path ©
Wailea Beach Path
Keawakapu Beach ©
Keawakapu Beach
Makena Beach ©
Makena Beach

2
nights
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 26th (Sun), kick back and relax at Kahekili Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Maui On Metal, then take an in-depth tour of Baldwin Home Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Honolua Bay, and finally kick back and relax at D.T. Fleming Beach Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahaina online vacation builder .

You can drive from Kihei to Lahaina in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kihei in May: highs in Lahaina hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

D.T. Fleming Park, Honolua Bay
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Kahekili Beach Park ©
Kahekili Beach Park
D.T. Fleming Park ©
D.T. Fleming Park
Honolua Bay ©
Honolua Bay

3
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.
Relax by the water at Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach. Appreciate the collections at USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Change things up with a short trip to Byodo-In Temple in Kaneohe (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, pause for some photo ops at Queen Liliuokalani Statue, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and appreciate the views at Nuuanu Pali Lookout.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Honolulu online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. May in Honolulu sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kailua, Byodo-In Temple, Nu’uanu Pali
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Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

3
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Waioli Mission House and 7 Artists Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Hanalei Beach and Na Pali Coast State Park. Take a break from Hanalei with a short trip to Koke'e Mountains in Waimea, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, kick back and relax at Secret Beach, and admire the majestic nature at Koke`e State Park.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hanalei trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Hanalei in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Hanalei are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Koke`e State Park, Na Pali Coast State Park, Koke'e Mountains
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Secret Beach ©
Secret Beach

1
day
Volcano, Island of Hawaii

Volcano ©
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): shop like a local with Volcano Garden Arts, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then hike along Sulphur Banks, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Volcano trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Hanalei to Volcano takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. June in Volcano sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Sulphur Banks ©
Sulphur Banks
Volcano Art Center Gallery ©
Volcano Art Center Gallery

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