20 days in Kauai, Pahoa & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

20 days in Kauai, Pahoa & Kailua-Kona Itinerary

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Poipu
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Princeville
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Pahoa
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Poipu

— 7 nights
Poipū is a census-designated place in Kauai County on the southern side of the island of Kauai in the U.S. state of Hawaii. Escape the urban bustle at Poipu Beach Park and Shipwreck Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail and Makawehi Bluff. Get out of town with these interesting Poipu side-trips: Waimea (Polihale State Park & Canyon Trail) and Reef Guides Hawaii (in Princeville). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Kalalau Lookout, enjoy the sand and surf at Baby Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at National Tropical Botanical Garden, and identify plant and animal life at Kauai Sea Rider Snorkel & Whale Watching Tours.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Poipu road trip website.

Baltimore to Poipu is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Baltimore to Poipu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Baltimore in December, expect Poipu to be much warmer, temps between 79°F and 67°F. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Princeville.

Things to do in Poipu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Princeville

— 3 nights
Princeville is a 9,000acre, upscale, unincorporated, master-planned community of vacation homes and condos on the north shore of the island of Kauai in Kauai County, Hawaii. Take a break from the city and head to Hanalei Beach and Sleeping Giant Trail. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Puu Poa Beach and Secret Beach. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Princeville Botanical Gardens, hike along Hanakapi`ai Trail, and get outside with Adventure in Hawaii.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Princeville trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Poipu to Princeville in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Princeville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pahoa.

Things to do in Princeville

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Pahoa

— 3 nights
Pāhoa is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hawai‘i County, Hawai‘i, United States located in the District of Puna. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jagger Museum and Volcano Garden Arts. Take a break from the city and head to Kīlauea and Napau-Makaopuhi Crater Trail. Step out of Pahoa to go to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and see Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kaimu Beach Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Star of the Sea Painted Church, and explore the fascinating underground world of Kilauea Caverns of Fire.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pahoa planner.

You can travel from Princeville to Pahoa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Pahoa sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Pahoa

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Swim with Dolphins and Kanaloa Octopus Farm. Get some historical perspective at Puukohola Heiau and Puukohola National Historic Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Waimea (Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park & Waialea Beach), Kohala Mountain Road (in Hawi) and 49 Black Sand Beach (in Waikoloa). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at White Sand Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mauna Kea Beach, appreciate the history behind The Captain Cook Monument, and hike along Maka’ula ‘O’oma Tract.

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Getting from Pahoa to Kailua-Kona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Kailua-Kona are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.