15 days in Kauai & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

15 days in Kauai & Island of Hawaii Itinerary

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Hanalei
— 6 nights
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Puako
— 3 nights
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Hilo
— 5 nights
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Hanalei — 6 nights

Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Kids will enjoy Hanalei Beach and Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Hanalei: Kapaa (Photography Tours & Kauai Path), Waimea (Puu Hinahina Lookout, Waimea Canyon State Park, &more) and Wailua (Wailua River State Park & Lydgate State Park). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Hanakapiai Falls, kick back and relax at Puu Poa Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hanalei trip itinerary app.

Detroit to Hanalei is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Detroit to Hanalei due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hanalei when traveling from Detroit in June, with lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Puako.
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Puako — 3 nights

Puako is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States. Bring the kids along to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Dolphin Quest. Change things up with these side-trips from Puako: Hawi Wind Farm (in Hawi) and Kapaau (Ackerman Galleries & Statue "King Kamehameha"). There's much more to do: stroll through Pololu Valley Lookout, kick back and relax at 49 Black Sand Beach, explore the striking landscape of Puukohola National Historic Park, and play a few rounds at Mauna Lani Resort .

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Puako driving holiday site.

Fly from Hanalei to Puako in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hilo.
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Hilo — 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Helicopter Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Hilo side-trips: Kailua-Kona (Mauna Kea & Kipuka Pu’u Huluhulu) and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Volcano Art Center Gallery & Kilauea Iki Trailhead). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, take in the exciting artwork at Banyan Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and cruise along Chain of Craters Rd.

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You can drive from Puako to Hilo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puako in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hilo, with lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Kauai travel guide

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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.
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Island of Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Swim with Dolphins · 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.
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