12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Lihue, Kauai
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Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
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Volcano, Island of Hawaii
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Honolulu, Oahu
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Lihue, Kauai

— 1 night
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): get a taste of the local shopping with Tabora Gallery, then look for gifts at Pohaku T's, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art House Hawaii.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lihue day trip planning website.

San Diego to Lihue is an approximately 8-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Lihue. Traveling from San Diego in February, expect Lihue to be a bit 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 · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui

— 5 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Village Galleries in Lahaina and Lahaina Galleries. Head to Costantino Studio and Maui Handsfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia), Native Intelligence (in Wailuku) and Wailea (Wailea Beach, Ulua Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Napili Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Kush Fine Art Gallery, and shop like a local with Lahaina Printsellers.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahaina trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lihue to Lahaina takes 4 hours. In February, daytime highs in Lahaina are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Volcano, Island of Hawaii

— 1 day
Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stop by Kilauea Kreations, admire the natural beauty at Volcano Garden Arts, get a taste of the local shopping with 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then take in the exciting artwork at Volcano Art Center Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Volcano day trip site.

Getting from Lahaina to Volcano by flight takes about 5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Volcano can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Volcano

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Honolulu, Oahu

— 4 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and Nohea Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach. Step out of Honolulu with an excursion to Byodo-In Temple in Kaneohe--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, learn about all things military at US Army Museum of Hawaii, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip planner.

Traveling by 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.