8 days in Kauai & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

8 days in Kauai & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

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Poipu
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Poipu

— 2 nights
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Poipu Beach Park, then explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, then get some fabulous bargains at Original Red Dirt Shirts, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Polihale State Park, take in breathtaking views at Waimea Canyon State Park, and then hike along Nu'alolo Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Poipu tour itinerary tool.

Newark to Poipu is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Newark to Poipu. In February, Poipu is warmer than Newark - with highs of 78°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 5 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.
Visiting Swim with Dolphins and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Papakōlea Green Sand Beach and Akaka Falls State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park (in Honaunau), Hilo (Liliuokalani Gardens & Rainbow Falls) and Laupahoehoe Beach Park (in Laupahoehoe). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mauna Kea Beach, cruise along Mamalahoa Hwy, look for gifts at Hilo Hatties, and get engrossed in the history at Kona Coffee Living History Farm.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip planner.

You can fly from Poipu to Kailua-Kona in 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · 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.