12 days in Kailua-Kona & Maui Itinerary

12 days in Kailua-Kona & Maui Itinerary

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12 days in Kailua-Kona & Maui Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 4 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Haleakala National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 45​min
3
Kapalua
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Newark

4
nights
Kailua-Kona

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Hilo (Liliuokalani Gardens, Rainbow Falls, & more), Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Hilo Hatties, stroll through Laupahoehoe Beach Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona holiday builder website .

Newark to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Newark to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: high temperatures in Kailua-Kona hover around 82°F and lows are around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Haleakala National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hilo, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Laupahoehoe Beach Park, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Swim with Dolphins
Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

2
nights
Haleakala National Park

Haleakala National Park ©
Haleakala National Park offers visitors the rare opportunity to walk down into the intact crater of a volcano.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ke‘anae Point and then cruise along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. Here are some ideas for day two: explore by horseback at Pipiwai Trail, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Charles Lindbergh's Grave, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Huialoha Church, and finally get impressive views of Haleakala Crater.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Haleakala National Park trip builder tool .

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Haleakala National Park by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in Haleakala National Park sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Kapalua.

Things to do in Haleakala National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Maui, Huialoha Church, Charles Lindbergh's Grave
Highlights from your plan
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Ke‘anae Point ©
Ke‘anae Point

4
nights
Kapalua

Kapalua is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Wailuku (Maui Ocean Center & Iao Valley). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Lahaina Jodo Mission, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ka'anapali Beach, and make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kapalua trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Haleakala National Park to Kapalua in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 67°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kapalua

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Wailuku
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

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