10 days in Kauai & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

10 days in Kauai & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Lihue
— 2 nights
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Haena
— 2 nights
Drive to Lihue Airport, Fly to Hilo International Airport
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Hilo
— 2 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
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Lihue

— 2 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Step off the beaten path and head to Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaway s Beach). Get in touch with nature at Hanalei Beach and Zipline. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lihue: Aloha Spice Company (in Hanapepe) and Polihale State Park (in Waimea). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Hanalei Bay and tour the pleasant surroundings at Anini Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lihue trip planner.

San Francisco to Lihue is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Lihue due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in November, things will get a bit warmer in Lihue: highs are around 81°F and lows about 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Haena.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Haena

— 2 nights
Hāena State Park is a state park located on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Kalalau Lookout and then trek along Kalalau Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Ke'e Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Na Pali Coast State Park, and then kick back and relax at Tunnels Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Haena trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lihue to Haena takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Hilo.

Things to do in Haena

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Hilo

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Carlsmith Beach Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, then admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Akaka Falls State Park. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Kīlauea, then see the interesting displays at Jagger Museum, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally explore the striking landscape at Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku).

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hilo planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Haena to Hilo. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in November, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 3 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Kona Coffee Living History Farm, contemplate the long history of The Painted Church, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Honaunau Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay).

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Hilo to Kailua-Kona in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.