9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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9 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  15​h
1
Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Lihue, Kauai

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Poipu Beach Park and Hanalei Beach. Visiting Waimea Canyon State Park and Tunnels Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha), Hanalei Valley Lookout (in Hanalei) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kekaha). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn and admire the sheer force of Opaekaa Falls.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lihue trip planner .

New York City to Lihue is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from New York City to Lihue. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kauai, Hanalei, Poipu, Na Pali Coast State Park, Waimea Canyon State Park
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park

5
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kailua Beach Park and Kapiolani Regional Park. Escape the urban bustle at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Waimea Bay. Take a break from Honolulu with a short trip to Sunset Beach Park in Haleiwa, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kualoa Regional Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Honolulu online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Lihue to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park, Kualoa Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument

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