12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Lihue, Kauai
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: San Diego

1
night
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Tabora Gallery, then stop by Pohaku T's, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art House Hawaii.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lihue trip itinerary planning site .

San Diego to Lihue is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also 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. Traveling from San Diego in February, expect Lihue to be somewhat warmer, temps between 78°F and 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Koloa, Shipwreck Beach
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Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach
Seductions of Kauai Gallery ©
Seductions of Kauai Gallery
Art House Hawaii ©
Art House Hawaii

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Kahekili Beach Park and Kamaole Beach Park II. Do your shopping at Reeflections Fine Art Gallery and Kush Fine Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia), Native Intelligence (in Wailuku) and Wailea (Wailea Beach, Ulua Beach, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kamaole Beach Park III, view the masterpieces at Lahaina Printsellers, shop like a local with Costantino Studio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Lihue to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Wailea, Kihei, Ho'okipa Beach Park, Kapalua Beach, Native Intelligence
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Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Ulua Beach ©
Ulua 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 17th (Sun): look for gifts at Kilauea Kreations, shop like a local with Volcano Garden Arts, take in the exciting artwork at 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center, and finally see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Volcano online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Volcano takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In February, daytime highs in Volcano are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Volcano

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Jagger Museum ©
Jagger Museum
2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass ©
2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass
Volcano Garden Arts ©
Volcano Garden Arts

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Nohea Gallery and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Change things up with a short trip to Byodo-In Temple in Kaneohe (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Crack Seed Store, appreciate the history behind Queen Liliuokalani Statue, browse the different shops at Ala Moana Center, and explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Volcano to Honolulu takes 4.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 69°F. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Byodo-In Temple
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor ©
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach

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