12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
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Lahaina, Maui
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Honolulu, Oahu
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii

America's Wettest City

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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, trek along Sulphur Banks, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, and finally see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hilo trip itinerary builder tool.

Newark to Hilo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Hilo, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Newark in April, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Hilo: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Lahaina, Maui

Crown Jewel of Maui

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ho'okipa Beach Park and Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Village Galleries in Lahaina and Baldwin Home Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park II & Kamaole Beach Park III), Native Intelligence (in Wailuku) and HA Baldwin Beach Park (in Paia). Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, pause for some serene contemplation at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Baby Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Maui On Metal.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Hilo to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Honolulu, Oahu

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.
Relax by the water at Lanikai Beach and Kapiolani Regional Park. Visit USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Lanikai Pillboxes (in Kailua), Haleiwa (Skydiving, Sunset Beach Park, &more) and Waimanalo Beach (in Waimanalo). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Sharks Cove, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, admire the majestic nature at Puu Ualakaa State Park, and hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Honolulu trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Lahaina to Honolulu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in April, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

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.