9 days in Lihue & Oahu Itinerary

9 days in Lihue & Oahu Itinerary

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Lihue
— 2 nights
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Laie
— 2 nights
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Honolulu
— 4 nights
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Lihue

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. On the 19th (Sat), take a leisurely stroll along Ahukini State Recreational Pier and then take in the dramatic scenery at Opaekaa Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Kilohana, then visit a coastal fixture at Ninini Point Lighthouse Cache Site, then shop like a local with Tabora Gallery, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Lihue tour planner.

San Francisco to Lihue is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Lihue, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Lihue, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Laie.

Things to do in Lihue

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

2
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Laie

Laie is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the Koolauloa District on the island of Oahu in Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States. On the 22nd (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Malaekahana State Recreation Area, don't miss a visit to Polynesian Cultural Center, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kualoa Regional Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Laie Point State Wayside Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Waimea Bay, then appreciate the history behind Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Bay Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Laie road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lihue to Laie takes 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Laie can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Honolulu.

Things to do in Laie

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

4
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Honolulu

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Honolulu is known for historic sites, wildlife, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind USS Arizona Memorial, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Honolulu day trip planning tool.

Getting from Laie to Honolulu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Laie in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Honolulu, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.

Oahu travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Cemeteries · Scuba & Snorkeling
The Gathering Place
A top cultural and vacation destination within the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to over 85 percent of the state's population. Aptly nicknamed the "Gathering Place," the island is truly at the heart of Hawaii, featuring the busy city of Honolulu and its surrounding districts. Visitors to Oahu can enjoy all the modern conveniences of a large city, while remaining within walking distance of secluded beaches, picturesque parks, high mountain peaks, and quaint little towns. To experience the laid-back side of Hawaii, take a trip away from the tourist hotspot of Waikiki, the island's most crowded neighborhood.