12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Hanalei, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
4
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Houston

4
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Kayaking & Canoeing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Waimea Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park) and Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Koko Crater Railway Trail, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some photo ops at Queen Liliuokalani Statue, and explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Honolulu trip itinerary planning site .

Houston to Honolulu is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Houston to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Oahu, Byodo-In Temple
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

2
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. On the 25th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Hanalei Valley Lookout, then stroll through Kalalau Trail, and then immerse yourself in nature at Na Pali Coast State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, then kick back and relax at Hanalei Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Hanalei trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Honolulu to Hanalei in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Hanalei can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Volcano.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Hanalei Valley Lookout ©
Hanalei Valley Lookout

1
night
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 27th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku), hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, then get impressive views of Kīlauea, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Volcano online day trip planner .

You can fly from Hanalei to Volcano in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Volcano

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku) ©
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Kīlauea ©
Kīlauea

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Wailea Beach. Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Zipline will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: stroll through Napili Beach, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Lahaina trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Volcano to Lahaina takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Wailuku, Wailea Beach
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Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling

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