12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 8 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Portland

8
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Waipio Valley and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Richardson Beach Park and Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hilo: Puukohola National Historic Park (in Kawaihae), Waialea Beach (in Waimea) and Kailua-Kona (St. Michael the Archangel Church & White Sand Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Kīlauea, take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sulphur Banks, and step off the mainland to explore Coconut Island.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hilo trip maker app .

Portland to Hilo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Portland to Hilo. Traveling from Portland in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hilo, with lows around 71°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for Honolulu.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, 49 Black Sand Beach
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Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea
Waipio Valley ©
Waipio Valley

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Diamond Head State Monument and Koko Crater Railway Trail. Popular historic sites such as USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Sharks Cove in Pupukea (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach, take a tour of Battleship Missouri Memorial, get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, and stroll around Kapiolani Regional Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Honolulu journey builder site .

You can fly from Hilo to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sharks Cove
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Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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