12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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12 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: New Orleans

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lanikai Beach and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Ko Olina Lagoons (in Kapolei) and Shark Diving (in Haleiwa). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu online journey planner .

New Orleans to Honolulu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Honolulu is minus 4 hours. When traveling from New Orleans in February, plan for much hotter days in Honolulu, with highs around 81°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ko Olina Lagoons, Shark Diving, Lanikai Beach
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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park ©
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
Lanikai Beach ©
Lanikai Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

7
nights
Hilo, Island of Hawaii

Hilo ©
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.
The Painted Church and Pacific Tsunami Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at 49 Black Sand Beach and Carlsmith Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kehena Black Sand Beach (in Pahoa), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Holei Sea Arch & Kalapana) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, stop by Hilo Coffee Mill, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, and take in the dramatic scenery at Akaka Falls State Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hilo trip planner .

You can fly from Honolulu to Hilo in 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Hilo are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kawaihae, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Captain Cook, 49 Black Sand Beach, Laupahoehoe Beach Park
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Holei Sea Arch ©
Holei Sea Arch
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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