9 days in Lihue & Kapaa Itinerary

9 days in Lihue & Kapaa Itinerary

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9 days in Lihue & Kapaa Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  13​h
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Chicago


Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Escape the urban bustle at Poipu Beach Park and Shipwreck Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kilohana and Kauai Veteran's Cemetery. Go for a jaunt from Lihue to Waimea to see Waimea Canyon State Park about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the activities along Menehune Fishpond, take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn, and kick back and relax at Kalapaki Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lihue trip planner .

Chicago to Lihue is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lihue when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kapaa.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Poipu, Menehune Fishpond, Kauai Veteran's Cemetery, Waimea Canyon State Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park
Poipu Beach Park ©
Poipu Beach Park


Kapaa ©
Noted for its low-key beaches, Kapaa is a small town with a high concentration of tourist-oriented hotels, shops, bars, and restaurants.
Get some historical perspective at Kalalau Lookout and Christ Memorial Episcopal Church. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hanalei Beach and Tunnels Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kapaa: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Hanalei) and Na Pali Coast State Park (in Wainiha). It doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kauai's Hindu Monastery.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Kapaa trip itinerary builder site .

Kapaa is just a stone's throw from Lihue. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kapaa

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kauai, Hanalei, Na Pali Coast State Park
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Na Pali Coast State Park ©
Na Pali Coast State Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching