12 days in Lihue, Kailua-Kona & Knoxville Itinerary

12 days in Lihue, Kailua-Kona & Knoxville Itinerary

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12 days in Lihue, Kailua-Kona & Knoxville Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Lihue
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Kailua-Kona
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
3
Knoxville
— 1 day
End: Knoxville

5
nights
Lihue

Lihue or Līhue is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tunnels Beach and Allerton Garden. Explore Lihue's surroundings by going to Hanalei Valley Lookout (in Hanalei), Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge (in Kilauea) and Polihale State Park (in Waimea). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Shipwreck Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Ninini Point Lighthouse, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lihue day trip site .

Knoxville to Lihue is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Knoxville in May since evenings lows in Lihue dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Lihue

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kapaa, Poipu, Kauai, Hanalei Valley Lookout, Pohaku T's
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Photography Tours
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach
Shipwreck Beach ©
Shipwreck Beach

5
nights
Kailua-Kona

Kailua-Kona ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pololu Valley Lookout and Honaunau Bay. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kailua-Kona: The Painted Church (in Captain Cook) and Waipio Valley Lookout (in Honokaa). There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Waipi'o Valley, relax in the rural setting at Kona Coffee Living History Farm, pause for some photo ops at The Captain Cook Monument, and look for gifts at Kona Joe Coffee.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Kailua-Kona trip maker tool .

You can fly from Lihue to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. May in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 73°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Knoxville.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, Waipio Valley Lookout, Scuba & Snorkeling, Hula Daddy Kona Coffee
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Waipi'o Valley ©
Waipi'o Valley
Honaunau Bay ©
Honaunau Bay
The Captain Cook Monument ©
The Captain Cook Monument

1
day
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Knoxville online route maker .

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Knoxville takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Kailua-Kona to Knoxville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kailua-Kona in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Knoxville, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Museums Shopping
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East Tennesse Historical Society ©
East Tennesse Historical Society

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