12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
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Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
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Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
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Koloa, Kauai
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, and then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park, then make a trip to Pepeekeo Scenic Drive, then stroll around Carlsmith Beach Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens.

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San Francisco to Hilo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Hilo to be somewhat warmer, around 65°F, while days are much hotter, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Waikoloa.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii — 1 night

Waikoloa Village is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Puukohola National Historic Park, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

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Drive from Hilo to Waikoloa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Waikoloa can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Lahaina.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui — 2 nights

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 27th (Mon), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then visit Lahaina Front Street. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, then kick back and relax at Napili Beach, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lahaina route planner.

Traveling by flight from Waikoloa to Lahaina takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to fly to Honolulu.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
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Honolulu, Oahu — 7 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koko Crater Railway Trail and Kailua Beach Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kapolei (Scuba & Snorkeling & Ko Olina Lagoons), Bellows Field Beach Park (in Waimanalo) and Pupukea (Banzai Pipeline & Shark's Cove). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, appreciate the views at Nu’uanu Pali, take an in-depth tour of Iolani Palace, and kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip planner.

Getting from Lahaina to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Koloa.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Koloa, Kauai

Kōloa is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Koloa itinerary maker app.

Fly from Honolulu to Koloa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January in Koloa, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 65°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Tue).
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.