12 days in Oahu, Maui & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Oahu, Maui & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii sightseeing planner

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Drive to Washington Dulles International Airport, Fly to Daniel K Inouye International Airport
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Honolulu
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kihei
— 4 nights
Drive
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Haleakala National Park
— 1 day
Fly
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Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport, Drive to Aldie

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Honolulu

— 3 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kailua Beach Park, Waimea Bay, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and other attractions you added.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Honolulu day trip planning site.

Aldie to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Aldie in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Honolulu, with lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kihei

— 4 nights
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church, Mendes Ranch, Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, and other attractions you added.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kihei trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Honolulu to Kihei in 4.5 hours. In July in Kihei, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Haleakala National Park.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Haleakala National Park

— 1 day

A Rare and Sacred Landscape

Haleakala National Park offers visitors the rare opportunity to walk down into the intact crater of a volcano.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get impressive views of Haleakala Crater, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sliding Sands Trail, and then explore by horseback at Pipiwai Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Haleakala National Park travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kihei to Haleakala National Park. In July, daytime highs in Haleakala National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Haleakala National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Hilo

— 3 nights

America's Wettest City

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.
You've added Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kona Coffee Living History Farm, Kona Cloud Forest, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hilo road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Haleakala National Park to Hilo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Hilo can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
The Valley Isle
The second largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, Maui features a rugged landscape ranging from high mountain peaks to deep valleys. Half of Maui lies within 8 km (5 mi) of the coastline, and most tourists come for the sandy beaches, many of them backed by fashionable resorts offering every modern convenience. Diversity of tourist attractions is Maui's major allure, with each of the island's shores offering a different set of vacation ideas. You can swim with dolphins, snorkel with sea turtles, or hike over the otherworldly landscapes of the world's biggest dormant volcano. A foodie paradise, the island also features dozens of small farms and gourmet restaurants.

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.