12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Houston
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  12 h
1
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  5 h
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Foot + Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  10 h 15 min
End: Houston

2
nights
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Puukohola National Historic Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, and then contemplate the long history of Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona travel route builder app.

Houston to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 12- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Houston in April since evenings lows in Kailua-Kona dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Volcano.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puukohola National Historic Park, Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Kahaluu Beach, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally shop like a local with Volcano Art Center Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, take a stroll through Kalapana, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, and finally identify plant and animal life at Devastation Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Volcano trip planner.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Volcano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Volcano when traveling from Kailua-Kona in April, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Liliuokalani Gardens
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Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail ©
Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail

2
nights
Lahaina, 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Hearts Mission Church, kick back and relax at Kapalua Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at D.T. Fleming Park, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Awakening Church, kick back and relax at Ulua Beach, and then stroll through Wailea Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lahaina trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Volcano to Lahaina in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In April, daytime highs in Lahaina are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kapalua, Wailea, The Awakening Church
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like USS Arizona Memorial and Shangri La. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kailua Beach Park and Sunset Beach Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Shark Diving (in Haleiwa) and Ehukai Beach Park (in Pupukea). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Ehukai Beach Park, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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