12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Kapaa
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: San Francisco


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5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lulumahu Waterfall as well as The Kaniakapupu Ruins. Get some cultural insight at USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Waikiki Beach and King Kamehameha Statue. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Head State Monument and examine the collection at Iolani Palace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu online travel route builder .

San Francisco to Honolulu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 84°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kapaa.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace

5
nights
Kapaa

Kapaa ©
Noted for its low-key beaches, Kapaa is a small town with a high concentration of tourist-oriented hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kauai SUP as well as Kauai Backcountry Adventures. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kilohana and Kauai's Hindu Monastery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Na Pali Coast State Park and Waimea Canyon State Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Kauai Path, take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls, enjoy the sea views from Ninini Point Lighthouse, and examine the collection at Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kapaa online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kapaa takes 2.5 hours. In May in Kapaa, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kapaa

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lihue, Kauai, Na Pali Coast State Park, Waimea Canyon State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Kilohana ©
Kilohana

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