17 days in Honolulu, Kailua-Kona & Lihue Itinerary

17 days in Honolulu, Kailua-Kona & Lihue Itinerary

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17 days in Honolulu, Kailua-Kona & Lihue Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  12​h
1
Honolulu
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Lihue
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Honolulu
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Boston

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waikiki Beach.

Plan my day in Honolulu using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Boston to Honolulu is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Boston to Honolulu. In November, Honolulu is much warmer than Boston - with highs of 84°F and lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Iolani Palace ©
Iolani Palace

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kailua-Kona: Hilo (Helicopter Tours, Akaka Falls State Park, & more), Waipiʻo Valley Lookout (in Honokaa) and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako). There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, take in the awesome beauty at Mauna Kea, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Puukohola National Historic Park, and cruise along Saddle Road.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Kailua-Kona takes 4 hours. In November, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hilo, Island of Hawaii, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Papakōlea Green Sand Beach, Waipiʻo Valley Lookout
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Mauna Kea ©
Mauna Kea
Swim with Dolphins
Akaka Falls State Park ©
Akaka Falls State Park

5
nights
Lihue

Lihue ©
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lihue: Hanalei (Hanalei Beach & Hanalei Valley Lookout), Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea) and Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park, take an in-depth tour of Kauai Museum, steep yourself in history at Kilohana, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lihue route builder site .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lihue takes 2.5 hours. In November in Lihue, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Poipu, Hanalei, Kauai, Kayaking & Canoeing, Waimea Canyon State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park

3
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial and then take a stroll around Polynesian Cultural Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu visit app .

Fly from Lihue to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Polynesian Cultural Center
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USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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