8 days in Kauai Itinerary

8 days in Kauai Itinerary

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Hanalei
— 3 nights
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Poipu
— 4 nights
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Hanalei

Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Get outdoors at Waimea Canyon State Park and Kalalau Trail. You'll get in some beach time at Hanalei Beach and Anini Beach. When in Hanalei, make a side trip to see Koke'e Mountains in Waimea, approximately Waimea away. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, stroll through Hanalei Bay, admire the sheer force of Hanakapiai Falls, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wai`oli Hui`ia Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hanalei holiday planner.

Oakland to Hanalei is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Oakland in September: high temperatures in Hanalei hover around 86°F and lows are around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Poipu.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Poipu

Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Kalalau Lookout and Kauai Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Spouting Horn and Menehune Fishpond. Take a break from Poipu with a short trip to Polihale State Park in Waimea, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Poipu Beach Park, see the interesting displays at Galerie 103, stroll through Kalapaki Beach, and steep yourself in history at Kilohana.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Poipu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hanalei to Poipu takes 1.5 hours. September in Poipu sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poipu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.