10 days in Kauai & Oahu Itinerary

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Fly to Lihue, Bus to Lawai Post Office, Shuttle to Poipu
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Poipu — 5 nights

Attractions like Waimea Canyon State Park and Zipline make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Poipu with a short trip to Hanalei Beach in Hanalei, about 1h 15 min away.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Poipu trip maker tool.

Chicago to Poipu is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Poipu is minus 4 hours. In April, Poipu is much hotter than Chicago - with highs of 80°F and lows of 70°F. You will leave for Honolulu on the 12th (Wed).
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Honolulu — 3 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Waikiki Beach and Manoa Falls. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at USS Arizona Memorial, identify plant and animal life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, and explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Honolulu road trip planning site.

Getting from Poipu to Honolulu by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Honolulu can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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.
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Oahu travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Cemeteries
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.
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