12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii attractions planner

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Honolulu
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Honolulu
— 3 nights
Fly
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Molokai
— 1 night
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Lanai City
— 1 night
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Kihei
— 1 night
Fly
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Lihue
— 1 night
Fly
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Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
Drive
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Hilo
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Get outdoors at Lanikai Beach and Halona Blowhole. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Arizona Memorial and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, buy something for everyone on your list at Ala Moana Center, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and stroll through Koko Crater Railway Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu day trip site.

Philadelphia to Honolulu is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Honolulu, with lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Molokai.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Molokai

— 1 night

The Friendly Isle

On the 12th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Phallic Rock (Ka Ule o Nanahoa), then stop by Purdy's Natural Macadamia Nuts, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kawakiu Beach.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Molokai day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Molokai takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Molokai are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Lanai City.

Things to do in Molokai

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Shopping

Lanai City

— 1 night
Lanai City is a census-designated place (CDP) on the island of Lanai, in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lanai Cat Sanctuary, then kick back and relax at Hulopoe Beach, then walk around Dole Park, and finally shop like a local with Mike Carroll Gallery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Lanai City online travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Molokai to Lanai City. August in Lanai City sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Lanai City

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Kihei

— 1 night
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.
On the 14th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Makena Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ulua Beach.

To plan Kihei vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lanai City to Kihei. When traveling from Lanai City in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kihei: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lihue.

Things to do in Kihei

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Lihue

— 1 night
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lihue journey website.

Traveling by flight from Kihei to Lihue takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Kailua-Kona

— 1 night

Heart of the Kona Coast

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): look for gifts at Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lihue to Kailua-Kona by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In August in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, pick up some local products at Hilo Farmers Market, then stroll through Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, then look for gifts at Big Island Candies, and finally admire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens. On the next day, contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, then examine the collection at Jagger Museum, then trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilo trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in August, Hilo is a bit cooler at night with lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.

Lanai travel guide

4.3
Nature & Parks · Art Galleries · Beaches
The Pineapple Isle

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
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.

Kauai travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Zipline · Beaches
The Garden Isle
The northernmost of Hawaii's major islands, Kauai earned the nickname "Garden Island" because of its abundance of lush greenery and tropical plants, watered frequently with plentiful rainfall. Kauai's landscape continues to suffer from powerful erosion, resulting in natural attractions that include plunging canyons, tall mountain peaks, and the longest sandy coastline of all the Hawaiian islands. Offering a mild tropical climate and pristine wilderness areas largely unspoiled by mass tourism, Kauai is a great vacation destination for visitors eager to escape Hawaii's more crowded tourist resorts. For a genuine Kauai experience, join the locals for one of their famous traditional meat and vegetable feasts, prepared in underground pits lined with hot rocks.

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.