12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Hanalei, Kauai
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Kihei, Maui
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout, then take in the exciting artwork at Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona tour planning website .

Los Angeles to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 83°F and lows are around 73°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hanalei.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pololu Valley Lookout, Elements Jewelry & Fine Crafts, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Swim with Dolphins
Kanaloa Octopus Farm ©
Kanaloa Octopus Farm

2
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick back and relax at Hanalei Bay. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout, then kick back and relax at Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach), and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Tunnels Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanalei trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kailua-Kona to Hanalei in 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kauai, Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach), Waimea Canyon State Park
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Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach) ©
Hanalei Bay ©
Hanalei Bay
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach

2
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and then kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and then trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu visit planner.

Getting from Hanalei to Honolulu by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ulua Beach and Makena Beach. Village Galleries in Lahaina and Art On Market are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kihei: Lahaina (Kapalua Coastal Trail & Maui On Metal) and Kapalua Beach (in Kapalua). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kamaole Beach Park II, stroll through Maluaka Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at Maui Brewing Company, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kihei trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Honolulu to Kihei in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In May in Kihei, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 68°F at night. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Lahaina, Wailuku, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach
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Kamaole Beach Park II ©
Kamaole Beach Park II
Keawakapu Beach ©
Keawakapu Beach
Ho'okipa Beach Park ©
Ho'okipa Beach Park

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