10 days in Kauai, Island of Hawaii & Maui Itinerary

10 days in Kauai, Island of Hawaii & Maui Itinerary

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Lihue
— 2 nights
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Kailua-Kona
— 1 night
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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. Explore Lihue's surroundings by going to Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Hanalei Beach (in Hanalei). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Hanakapiai Falls, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and stroll around Poipu Beach Park.

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

New York City to Lihue is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get a bit warmer in Lihue: highs are around 86°F and lows about 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll through Kahaluu Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mokuaikaua Church, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally wander the streets of Holualoa Village.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona itinerary builder site.

Fly from Lihue to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kailua-Kona can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can 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.
On the 20th (Mon), get impressive views of Kīlauea, then hike along Sulphur Banks, then hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead, and finally take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Holei Sea Arch, trek along Pu'u Huluhulu trail, then trek along Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park online travel route planner.

Drive from Kailua-Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to 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.
Go for a jaunt from Lahaina to Wailuku to see Iao Valley about 44 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring the striking scenery along Hana Highway - Road to Hana. There's much more to do: stroll through Ka'anapali Beach, pause for some photo ops at Lahaina Jodo Mission, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lahaina vacation planner.

Getting from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Lahaina by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time 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 · Zipline
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.