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Please post your questions in the correct thread. This thread, as the title clearly states, is for general Hawaii questions only.

If you have any questions that pertains to a particular island, post it in the appropriate island thread. See below for links to all island threads.

You'd get far better answers there, and chances are that your issue was already discussed at length too.

DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler:
-Part 1: General Info And The Island Of Oahu
-Part 2: The Big Island of Hawaii
-Part 3: Maui
-Part 4: Kauai

Related DD Posts:
-Ultimate Hawaii Mileage Chart and Everything You Need to Know About the Hawaiian Islands (2015)
-Trip Notes: Maui No Ka ‘Oi (2014)
-Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth (2014)
-The Hawaiian Islands. (2011)
-Traveling To Hawaii…With A 5 Month Old (2011)
-View From The Room (2011)
-Pearl Harbor…70 Years (2011)
-Shaloha! (2011)
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Kauai (2009)
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Oahu (2009)
-Which Miles To Use To Fly To Hawaii?

Related DDF Destination Threads:
-Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
-Kauai Master Thread
-Maui Master Thread
-Oahu Master Thread

Interisland flights:
Hawaiian is the main interisland carrier and flies HNL, LIH, OGG, KOA, and ITO. They have countless flights each day and are nearly always on time - often even early. Never book a tight connection hoping that the interisland flight will be delayed.

Go and Island Air fly from HNL. Mokulele flies from HNL and KOA, as well as to Kapalua (JHM), Hana (HNM), Molokai (MKK), Lanai (LNY), and Waimea-Kohala (MUE) on the Big Island. Hawaiian's subsidiary Ohana flies HNL to MKK and LNY.

There is a DansDeals corporate account for Hawaiian Airlines that allows you to take 2 free bags per person, up to a $50 value per flight (see baggage fees chart). It also gives free standby on earlier flights. You can email jj@dansdeals.com with the exact flights, dates, and time that you want, passengers names and dates of birth, and the price you found on hawaiianair.com to make a booking. A $6 per person per leg fee applies.

Alternatively, you can also use 5k AA, 6k UA or 7.5k HA miles each way to fly interisland. You can use 15k DL pesos for a RT interisland. United allows a free stopover on a round-trip, so for instance you can fly HNL-LIH-OGG-HNL for just 12K miles.
HA has several tiers, similar to DL, the lowest tier is the only one that's available using partner miles, but with HA miles you can purchase tickets that are otherwise unavailable for additional miles.

@Yehuda's thoughts on deciding between Kauai and Maui:
Here's a list of the main activities on both islands. Decide what interests you, and then you'll know where to go.

LIH has what many say to be one of the best hikes in the world - Kalalau Trail. Most people will only do the first part, but it's still very highly regarded. The views atop Waimea Canyon are breathtaking, yet OGG also has breathtaking views at Haleakala. LIH also has some supposedly awesome off-roading on Miloli'i Ridge Road. Sunset at the 12-mile long Polihale Beach is supposed to be quite the sunset. A helicopter tour of LIH is generally said to be much better than a heli tour of OGG. If the water is calm, Queen's Bath, which is a natural pool in the ocean you can swim in that's protected from the ocean's force by hardened lava, is SICK, but OGG has the same thing by the Olivine Pools. Kayaking down the Wailua River to "Secret Falls" is supposed to be great as well. Of course, the luxurious, tropical amazingness of the GHK is a huge boost for LIH, except for its beach, but the great Po'ipu Beach is 5 minutes away.

OGG has the Road to Hana, which is an incredible drive through what feels like a rainforest with tons of opportunities to take small hikes to waterfalls and pools. It's just wow wow wow. Sunrise at the top Haleakala is not to be missed. A boat trip to snorkel by Molokini Crater offers what is supposedly some of the best snorkeling visibility in the world. The hotels are also magical, perhaps to a lesser degree than GHK, but the beaches by the main hotels are a big plus over GHK's beach. EDIT: The Grand Wailea in Maui is a gorgeous hotel that rivals the GHK (and its lazy river actually moves :P). Add in the fact that its beach (Wailea Beach) is swimmable and doesn't require the albeit short drive to Po'ipu Beach that the GHK does, I'm not sure that the GHK should be a reason enough to tip the scales in favor of Kauai over Maui anymore. When the water cooperates, Olivine Pools are supposed to match Queen's Bath on LIH. Warren & Annabelle's Magic Show is supposed to be a great night out.

So, pick the types of activities you'd want to do and then you'll have your island. I personally liked OGG better mostly because of the RTH, but to be fair, I did miss out on the Kalalau Trail due to weather. However, if you mainly want to just relax and be in awe, go to LIH and stay at the GHK.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #1935 on: January 08, 2017, 07:31:40 AM »
Bump. Any recommendations??

What exactly do you mean by "driver"?  A chauffeur for the duration of your stay?  Regardless of the answer, the Maui thread may be a better place for the question.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #1936 on: January 08, 2017, 07:33:13 AM »
What exactly do you mean by "driver"?  A chauffeur for the duration of your stay?  Regardless of the answer, the Maui thread may be a better place for the question.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #1937 on: January 08, 2017, 01:21:21 PM »
The hotel should not at all be the deciding factor as to where you want to stay IMO. My days over here are filled with activities and memories from morning until evening that are completely detached from my hotel experience (as it should be).
Did you read my post in the wiki or just this one comment on the hotels? I laid out the popular activities in both places, so one can see what types of activities interest them. Then, I also explained how Kauai had the GHK which is a nicer hotel than what Maui has to offer. I retract that one comment since I now know that Maui has an equally nice hotel.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #1938 on: January 08, 2017, 04:50:38 PM »
How does the andaz Maui compare to the GHK?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #1939 on: January 08, 2017, 06:10:52 PM »
Did you read my post in the wiki or just this one comment on the hotels? I laid out the popular activities in both places, so one can see what types of activities interest them. Then, I also explained how Kauai had the GHK which is a nicer hotel than what Maui has to offer. I retract that one comment since I now know that Maui has an equally nice hotel.

It had just been that post. Again, when going to anywhere in Hawaii, I don't see why anyone should be spending too much time in any given hotel.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #1940 on: January 08, 2017, 06:14:54 PM »
See the wiki for my thoughts on Maui vs. Kauai, although I should update it now that I've stayed at the Grand Wailea and see how it's just as nice if not nicer than the GHK.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #1941 on: January 08, 2017, 06:15:14 PM »
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #1942 on: January 08, 2017, 08:27:21 PM »
It had just been that post. Again, when going to anywhere in Hawaii, I don't see why anyone should be spending too much time in any given hotel.
You'll see on your 3rd trip. :P

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #1943 on: January 08, 2017, 10:50:39 PM »
You'll see on your 3rd trip. :P

I guess your third trip was a waste of them then..
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #1944 on: January 09, 2017, 04:37:16 PM »
Anybody in oahu (Waikiki) now that wants two free beach chairs ? Purchased from Walmart, too big to take home. Let me know asap.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #1945 on: January 22, 2017, 10:53:33 PM »
Looking to book a one way flight between OGG and LIH, emailed JJ as per dans posts and seems like they no longer book tickets anymore. Any suggestions for best way to do it myself? just go straight to hawaiian airlines and pay baggage fees? any ideas?