16 days in Kauai & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

16 days in Kauai & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

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Lihue
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Lihue

— 7 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Your day by day itinerary now includes Kauai ATV, Smith Family Garden Luau and The Koa Store. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lihue: Hanalei (Hanalei Valley Lookout & Hanalei Beach), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Swinging Bridge (in Hanapepe). And it doesn't end there: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, kick back and relax at Kalapaki Beach, steep yourself in history at Kilohana, and admire the sheer force of Wailua Falls.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lihue trip planner.

Columbus to Lihue is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Columbus to Lihue due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbus in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 76°F in Lihue. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 8 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe), Kealakekua Bay (in Captain Cook) and Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). There's much more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, explore and take pictures at Saddle Road, and admire the verdant scenery at Pololu Valley Lookout.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lihue to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.