10 days in Kauai, Island of Hawaii & Maui Itinerary

10 days in Kauai, Island of Hawaii & Maui Itinerary

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Lihue
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Kailua-Kona
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
— 2 nights
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Lahaina
— 4 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanalei Beach (in Hanalei), Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha) and Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Hanakapiai Falls, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lihue trip itinerary builder app.

New York City to Lihue is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Lihue, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Lihue to be a bit warmer, temps between 82°F and 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Kahaluu Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mokuaikaua Church, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally wander the streets of Holualoa Village.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Lihue to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

— 2 nights
Volcanoes have played an important role in shaping the Earth, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows visitors the process in action.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Kīlauea, hike along Sulphur Banks, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Holei Sea Arch, hike along Pu'u Huluhulu trail, then hike along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and finally stroll through Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail.

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Traveling by car from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lahaina.

Things to do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Lahaina

— 4 nights

Crown Jewel of 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.
Step out of Lahaina to go to Wailuku and see Iao Valley, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, appreciate the history behind Lahaina Jodo Mission, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ka'anapali Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lahaina trip maker site.

You can fly from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. May in Lahaina sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Beaches

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.

Maui travel guide

4.5
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Luaus
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.