12 days in Island of Hawaii, Maui & Lanai Itinerary

12 days in Island of Hawaii, Maui & Lanai Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
2
Hilo
— 2 nights
3
Haleakala National Park
— 2 nights
4
Lahaina
— 2 nights
5
Lanai City
— 3 nights

2
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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.
On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, thenexperience rural life at The Vanillerie, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona route app.

Newark to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Kailua-Kona is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Newark in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Kailua-Kona: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hilo.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kahaluu Beach, Mauna Kea Beach, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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Swim with Dolphins
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area ©
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
Mauna Kea Beach ©
Mauna Kea Beach

2
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Hilo

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.
On the 13th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Akatsuka Orchid Gardens, take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, trek along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, thenhike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and finally examine the collection at Jagger Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, admire the majestic nature at Akaka Falls State Park, thenlearn more about the world around you at Mokupapapa Discovery Center, thenadmire the natural beauty at Liliuokalani Gardens, and finally admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Hilo online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hilo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, plan for little chillier nights in Hilo, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Haleakala National Park.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
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Kilauea Iki Trailhead ©
Kilauea Iki Trailhead
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park
Liliuokalani Gardens ©
Liliuokalani Gardens

2
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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 15th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the geological forces at Haleakala Crater, pause for some serene contemplation at Huialoha Church, thenmake a trip to Charles Lindbergh's Grave, and finally explore by horseback at Pipiwai Trail.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Haleakala National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Hilo to Haleakala National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Lahaina.

Things to do in Haleakala National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Huialoha Church, Hana Highway - Road to Hana, Charles Lindbergh's Grave
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Hana Highway - Road to Hana ©
Hana Highway - Road to Hana
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Charles Lindbergh's Grave ©
Charles Lindbergh's Grave

2
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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.
On the 17th (Mon), kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Iao Valley.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina driving holiday planning app.

You can take a bus from Haleakala National Park to Lahaina in 2 hours. Traveling from Haleakala National Park in May, you will find days in Lahaina are slightly colder (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lanai City.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Wailuku
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

3
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Lanai City

Lanai City ©
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 19th (Wed): shop like a local with Mike Carroll Gallery, thenidentify plant and animal life at Lanai Cat Sanctuary, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally kick back and relax at Hulopoe Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Koele Golf Course, learn more about the world around you at Lanai Culture & Heritage Center, thenstop by The Local Gentry, and finally walk around Dole Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lanai City vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Lahaina to Lanai City with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lanai City when traveling from Lahaina in May, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lanai City

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lanai
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Lanai Cat Sanctuary ©
Lanai Cat Sanctuary
Mike Carroll Gallery ©
Mike Carroll Gallery
The Local Gentry ©
The Local Gentry

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