8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

8 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Hawaii travel planner

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Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
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Lihue, Kauai
— 3 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, get engrossed in the history at USS Arizona Memorial, and contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu trip planner.

San Francisco to Honolulu is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, things will get a bit warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 84°F and lows about 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Lihue.

Things to do in Honolulu

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Lihue, Kauai

— 3 nights
Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the stunning scenery at Waimea Canyon State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Poipu Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Limahuli Garden and Preserve, identify plant and animal life at Na Pali Coast State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanalei Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lihue vacation maker.

You can fly from Honolulu to Lihue in 2.5 hours. In May in Lihue, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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Hawaii travel guide

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The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.