13 days in Island of Hawaii, Kauai & Honolulu Itinerary

13 days in Island of Hawaii, Kauai & Honolulu Itinerary

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13 days in Island of Hawaii, Kauai & Honolulu Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Kailua-Kona
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lihue
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Honolulu
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
End: New York City


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3
nights
Kailua-Kona

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kealakekua Bay, pause for some photo ops at The Captain Cook Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Painted Church, and finally shop like a local with Kona Joe Coffee. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kahaluu Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Magic Sands.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona itinerary maker.

New York City to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Kailua-Kona. Traveling from New York City in April, things will get much hotter in Kailua-Kona: highs are around 83°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Kahaluu Beach, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee, Kona Joe Coffee
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Kealakekua Bay ©
Kealakekua Bay
The Captain Cook Monument ©
The Captain Cook Monument
Magic Sands ©
Magic Sands

1
night
Lihue

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 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Makawehi Bluff, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kauai's Hindu Monastery - Saiva Siddhanta Church Headquarters, pause for some serene contemplation at Waioli Huiia Church, and then tee off at Princeville Makai Golf Club.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lihue travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lihue takes 2.5 hours. April in Lihue sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Poipu, Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, Kauai's Hindu Monastery, Princeville Makai Golf Club
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Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park
Makawehi Bluff ©
Makawehi Bluff
Princeville Makai Golf Club ©
Princeville Makai Golf Club

7
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and USS Arizona Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Waimea Bay and Koko Crater Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Shark Diving), Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park) and Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, admire all the interesting features of Ko Olina Lagoons, admire the verdant scenery at Nuuanu Pali Lookout, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Byodo-In Temple.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip planner.

Getting from Lihue to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in April, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua, Oahu, Ko Olina Lagoons, Swim with Dolphins
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Koko Crater Railway Trail ©
Koko Crater Railway Trail
Swim with Dolphins
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

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