10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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10 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Lihue, Kauai
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Des Moines


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2
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, take in breathtaking views at Waimea Canyon State Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lihue attractions planner.

Des Moines to Lihue is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Des Moines to Lihue. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lihue when traveling from Des Moines in June, with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Poipu, Waimea Canyon State Park, Opaekaa Falls, Na Pali Coast State Park, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Helicopter Tours

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, admire the sheer force of Manoa Falls, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Honolulu day trip planning tool .

Getting from Lihue to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Kailua Beach Park
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

2
nights
Lahaina, Maui

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, take an in-depth tour of Baldwin Home Museum, and then kick back and relax at Ka'anapali Beach. On the next day, make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, then get interesting insight from Tours, then kick back and relax at Napili Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Lahaina Jodo Mission.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lahaina holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Lahaina takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, daytime highs in Lahaina are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Maui Ocean Center
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Zipline
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Maui Ocean Center ©
Maui Ocean Center

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