12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 9 nights
Bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: San Diego

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): kick back and relax at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and then trek along Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Byodo-In Temple and then steep yourself in history at USS Arizona Memorial.

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

San Diego to Honolulu is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Diego to Honolulu, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Diego in July, with highs in Honolulu at 87°F and lows at 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Byodo-In Temple
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Makapuu Lighthouse Trail ©
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Byodo-In Temple ©
Byodo-In Temple

9
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
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.
Relax by the water at Kamaole Beach Park III and Keawakapu Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Lahaina Courthouse and Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center. Explore Lahaina's surroundings by going to Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia), Food Tours (in Makawao) and Wailea Beach Path (in Wailea). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapalua Beach, explore the striking landscape at Nakalele Blowhole, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Black Rock.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina travel itinerary creator.

You can fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. In July in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Maui, Kapalua, Wailea, Kamaole Beach Park III, Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center
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Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach
Keawakapu Beach ©
Keawakapu Beach
Wailea Beach Path ©
Wailea Beach Path

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