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Making the Most of Your Family Time in Kauai: 7-Day Family Itinerary

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Last Updated on June 3, 2024 by Leslie Stroud

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This is a sample guideline to get your planning started. Modify depending on where you are staying or how long you are visiting.

Day 1

Arrival at Lihue Airport.  Depending on your arrival time, either check into your home or hotel or hit Lydgate State Park Beach.  It has a great playground and a protected ocean area perfect for kids!

Foods to try

  • Tiki Tacos – perfect for your Mexican cravings! They serve regular and Gluten-free tacos.
  • Hee Fat Shave Ice – go for their mac nut ice!

Day 2

Head north to Princeville.  Try zip-lining at Princeville Ranch, including the longest zipline in Kauai at Princeville Farms.  You can also try an ATV tour or watch the sunset while playing in the waves on Hanalei Beach.

Foods to try

Day 3

Enjoy Hanalei Beach once more (it is our favorite beach in the world!) and head north to Na Pali State Park after.  This State Park is one of the most beautiful in the world! You can reserve a permit to hike and park. On the way north, you’ll pass many wonderful beaches such as Tunnels Beach.  

At Na Pali State Park, I recommend you hike the first two miles of the Kalalau trail to a beach. This is ranked one of the most amazing (and most dangerous) hikes in the US.

Foods to try

Day 4

Last day up north.  Hit up Secret Beach, but don’t swim (it’s too dangerous).  Instead, you can hike around the reef to the north to Dragon’s Belly if kids are old enough for a tricky hike.  With littles, just enjoy the beach and the river outlet full of tadpoles.

Another secret-ish option that can be dangerous: Queen’s Bath in Priceville.  People die here every year, so be very careful and maybe just observe the bath (and not get in).  

Hideaways Beach near St. Regis also is a short, difficult hike down, but stunning.

Foods to try

Hit up one of the restaurants and ice cream in the Princeville Shopping Center.

Day 5

Time to travel south to Poipu.  We love staying somewhere on the beach, but that can be expensive. Enjoy the pool or one of the many beaches: Shipwreck Beach, Brennecke’s Beach, or Poipu Beach.

Foods to try

Day 6

Drive to observe Wailua Falls.  Technically, only observable from the parking lot, you can slip past the gate and attempt the tricky, quick, steep hike down.  

You can use AllTrails to pick a quick hike.  We opted for Makawehi Bluff for the sunset over Shipwreck Beach.  The Cave closes at 4 pm but looks really fun!

Foods to try

Day 7

Since all flights out are red-eye flights, use today to wear the kids out before your flight home.  Rent some boogie boards and catch some bigger waves at Brenneke Beach.  Or hit up your hotel pool.

Foods to Eat

We absolutely love Kauai and know you will too!

Print off the itinerary below for quick reference and a seamless trip to Kauai with kids!


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  • Skyscanner.  We love the “anywhere” feature to see where it is cheap to fly to.
  • Kiwi.com. They will arrange the cheapest connection, which may mean a few different airlines.  However, if flights change, they will find you a solution!
  • Expedia.  Since we fly so many different airlines, we love the Expedia points we can earn.  We also get better deals the more we book through them.
  • Other platforms we like: Priceline, Aviasales, Hopper, and Travelocity.



  • Airbnb Experiences
  • Viator
  • Get Your Guide
  • These platforms allow you to put in the dates and location and will give you the option to book top activities in the area, straight from the site.


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