9 days in Island of Hawaii, Molokai & Kauai Itinerary

9 days in Island of Hawaii, Molokai & Kauai Itinerary

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Kailua-Kona
— 2 nights
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Molokai
— 1 night
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Poipu
— 2 nights
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Hanalei
— 2 nights
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Kailua-Kona

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): hike along Maka’ula ‘O’oma Tract. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kikaua Point Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), then enjoy the sand and surf at Mahai'ula Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kanaloa Octopus Farm.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona holiday maker website.

Boise to Kailua-Kona is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boise to Kailua-Kona due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boise in July, expect nights in Kailua-Kona to be a bit warmer, around 76°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Molokai.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Molokai

— 1 night

The Friendly Isle

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): kick back and relax at Kakahaia Beach Park, then admire the verdant scenery at Halawa Valley, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Waialua Beach.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Molokai online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Molokai takes 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Molokai can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Poipu.

Things to do in Molokai

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Sleeping Giant Trail, hike along Kauai Path, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Spouting Horn, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Poipu Beach Park, then trek along Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, and finally kick back and relax at Shipwreck Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Poipu driving holiday planner.

Getting from Molokai to Poipu by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Poipu are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hanalei.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Hanalei

— 2 nights
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. On the 19th (Sun), stop by Hanalei Farmer’s Market, then pause for some serene contemplation at Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, then stroll through Hanalei Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Okolehao Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hanalei trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Poipu to Hanalei takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 74°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hanalei

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Island of Hawaii travel guide

4.5
Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches
The Big Island
Aptly nicknamed the "Big Island," the Island of Hawaii features sunny, black-sand beaches on the western side by Kona and a tropical rain forest on the eastern by Hilo. In between, the massive mountain Maunaloa covers half the island, and Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupts continuously. Twice as large as all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, this big chunk of land in the Pacific manages to retain a laid-back atmosphere despite its immense popularity with tourists. Instead of spending your entire vacation at one of the island's luxurious tourist resorts, go on tours of this Pacific haven's coffee and macadamia nut plantations and working ranches, or explore its nature reserves and rugged trails.

Kauai travel guide

4.5
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.