Topic Wiki

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

Background on Hawaiian Islands
You've probably heard of Honolulu. That's the state capital and is located on island of Oahu, the main island with the largest airport. Honolulu hosts the famous Waikiki Beach and if you look at pictures, it looks like Miami. One long beach with a strip of hotels. Most DDFers say to go to one of the other 3 main islands which are less touristy and the hotels are more spread out. In no particular order, the other islands are Maui, Kauai and Hawaii (yes, that's the name of one of the islands. It's also known as The Big Island - confusing because Big Island sounds like it's the "Main Island", but Oahu is the main island). Direct flights from NYC only go to HNL. You can get direct flights from other cities (LAX, SFO, OAK, SJC, SAN, DEN, DFW, PHX, SEA, ORD as examples) to the other islands. Hawaii is amazing - have fun! The main airport codes are:
Oahu: HNL
Maui: OGG
Kauai: LIH
The Big Island: KOA, ITO (2 airports on 2 different sides of the island)

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.
« Last edited by @Yehuda on February 16, 2017, 03:54:03 PM »

Author Topic: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?  (Read 119613 times)

Offline Dan

  • Administrator
  • Dansdeals Lifetime 40K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • **********
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 46095
  • Total likes: 310
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 14379
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: CLE
  • Programs: UA Global Services, AA Lifetime Plat, DL Dirt, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, Fairmont Lifetime Plat, Hilton Diamond, Priority Club Plat, Avis Chairman, National EE, Hertz PC
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2010, 08:22:41 PM »
we have not booked tickets yet.  our dates are wedn. aug 11th till sun. aug 22nd. 
we don't really have a preference which island to go to first, but we'll do one half on kauai and one half on maui.  for all those dates i could not get a room in GH kauai, but in maui i could get a room in the second half.  if you could get a room that would be amazing!  can you fly into either island from ny?
i have been reading your longer forum responses for things to do within the towns.
should we rent a car on both islands or just kauai? 
Are you using miles or a paid ticket to get there?

You'll definitely need to rent a car on Maui or Kauai.  With 12 nights I might recommend spending two nights on the Big island to see a volcano erupting, dip in a volcanically heated pond, and see a sunset from the summit of a mountain taller than everest from its base.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

Offline Jgraj

  • Non-Elite Member
  • Join Date: Aug 2010
  • Posts: 5
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: new york city
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #31 on: August 08, 2010, 10:50:56 PM »
We are flying with miles on Continental in and out of Maui.  Leaving NY on the 11th (wedn), return flight on the 23rd (mon).  It's 140,000 miles for the 2 of us.  We haven't yet booked flights in between the islands, so we're flexible on which island we do first.  You also recommended that we go to the Big Island of Hawaii for a night or two. 
We have been unsuccessful at getting a room at GH kauai and GH maui!  If you could help us get rooms that would be amazing!  When would you recommend in our trip we try and go to the Big Island?  I am just nervous it is a lot of flying and not so relaxing, do you strongly recommend that extra trip?  Are flights expensive between islands?
Thanks so much for the help. 


Offline Jgraj

  • Non-Elite Member
  • Join Date: Aug 2010
  • Posts: 5
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: new york city
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #32 on: August 08, 2010, 10:59:59 PM »
sorry if i am a little unclear.  in my mind, best option is to check in at GH kauai on 17/18 and we would check out on 23rd.  but we are flexible. 
basically, we really need help, and we're definitely flying into maui but have no hotels for any part of our stay!
thanks

Offline Dan

  • Administrator
  • Dansdeals Lifetime 40K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • **********
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 46095
  • Total likes: 310
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 14379
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: CLE
  • Programs: UA Global Services, AA Lifetime Plat, DL Dirt, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, Fairmont Lifetime Plat, Hilton Diamond, Priority Club Plat, Avis Chairman, National EE, Hertz PC
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2010, 11:04:22 PM »
Are you flying in Coach or First?  A coach ticket should not be more than 40K miles per person.

You can book a ticket for example from NYC-Maui-Kauai-NYC all on one mileage ticket.

There is no Grand Hyatt in Maui, just a Hyatt Regency.  Do you have any Starwood points to use at the Westin or Sheraton on Maui?

Additional interisland flight segments can range from $50-$120 or 5,000 miles.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

Offline Jgraj

  • Non-Elite Member
  • Join Date: Aug 2010
  • Posts: 5
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: new york city
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #34 on: August 09, 2010, 12:15:06 AM »
We're flying coach.  The only flight we could find into Kauai was with two stops and we didn't want to do that. 
We have a lot of american express points, can u use those for starwood points?  or can i trade points?
i meant the hyatt regency in maui.
do you think you can get us hotel rooms on the islands?

Offline Dan

  • Administrator
  • Dansdeals Lifetime 40K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • **********
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 46095
  • Total likes: 310
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 14379
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: CLE
  • Programs: UA Global Services, AA Lifetime Plat, DL Dirt, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, Fairmont Lifetime Plat, Hilton Diamond, Priority Club Plat, Avis Chairman, National EE, Hertz PC
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #35 on: August 09, 2010, 08:32:07 AM »
We're flying coach.  The only flight we could find into Kauai was with two stops and we didn't want to do that. 
We have a lot of american express points, can u use those for starwood points?  or can i trade points?
i meant the hyatt regency in maui.
do you think you can get us hotel rooms on the islands?

You're definitely overpaying.
Send me an email dan at dansdeals.com and I'll see if I can get you straightened out...
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

Offline abeshua

  • Non-Elite Member
  • Join Date: Sep 2010
  • Posts: 9
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #36 on: September 16, 2010, 10:11:37 PM »
Dan, im reading about how u got all these awesome deals in Hawaii with points and such. Im going to hawaii november 14th to the 21st and we plan on going to kauai and Maui (not sure yet how to split up the days. )  Do you know how to find a good deal on hotels there and whats the best way to split our days amongst the 2 places and do u think those are the 2 best places to go in that timeframe. We dont really have any points as we have no clue how it works and from the looks of things its going to be really expensive. Awesome website by the way. One of the first things I look at when I get to work.

Offline Dan

  • Administrator
  • Dansdeals Lifetime 40K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • **********
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 46095
  • Total likes: 310
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 14379
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: CLE
  • Programs: UA Global Services, AA Lifetime Plat, DL Dirt, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, Fairmont Lifetime Plat, Hilton Diamond, Priority Club Plat, Avis Chairman, National EE, Hertz PC
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #37 on: September 16, 2010, 11:18:36 PM »
We are flying with miles on Continental in and out of Maui.  Leaving NY on the 11th (wedn), return flight on the 23rd (mon).  It's 140,000 miles for the 2 of us.  We haven't yet booked flights in between the islands, so we're flexible on which island we do first.  You also recommended that we go to the Big Island of Hawaii for a night or two. 
We have been unsuccessful at getting a room at GH kauai and GH maui!  If you could help us get rooms that would be amazing!  When would you recommend in our trip we try and go to the Big Island?  I am just nervous it is a lot of flying and not so relaxing, do you strongly recommend that extra trip?  Are flights expensive between islands?
Thanks so much for the help. 


Thanks for being a beta-tester of Dansdeals Concierge Services!
I hope you enjoyed your Hawaiian vacation-And that 3 balcony oceanfront suite at Hyatt Maui and the amazing GH Kauai!
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

Offline Dan

  • Administrator
  • Dansdeals Lifetime 40K Presidential Platinum Elite
  • **********
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 46095
  • Total likes: 310
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 14379
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: CLE
  • Programs: UA Global Services, AA Lifetime Plat, DL Dirt, SPG Plat, Hyatt Diamond, Fairmont Lifetime Plat, Hilton Diamond, Priority Club Plat, Avis Chairman, National EE, Hertz PC
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #38 on: September 16, 2010, 11:23:59 PM »
Dan, im reading about how u got all these awesome deals in Hawaii with points and such. Im going to hawaii november 14th to the 21st and we plan on going to kauai and Maui (not sure yet how to split up the days. )  Do you know how to find a good deal on hotels there and whats the best way to split our days amongst the 2 places and do u think those are the 2 best places to go in that timeframe. We dont really have any points as we have no clue how it works and from the looks of things its going to be really expensive. Awesome website by the way. One of the first things I look at when I get to work.
Sent you a PM...
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

Online E

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: May 2008
  • Posts: 1463
  • Total likes: 2
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #39 on: February 02, 2011, 11:39:12 AM »
which spg hotel is the nicest/ best location.. price is not a factor.

Offline momo

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jun 2008
  • Posts: 1087
  • Total likes: 1
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #40 on: February 02, 2011, 01:11:52 PM »
st regis princeville kauai

Offline Charlie Brown

  • Non-Elite Member
  • Join Date: Feb 2011
  • Posts: 12
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: NYC
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #41 on: February 03, 2011, 12:05:33 PM »
im trying to a plan a trip 20-27 feb to hawaii i have mileage with AA what would be the best way to to book the tickets (least mileage)

Offline momo

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jun 2008
  • Posts: 1087
  • Total likes: 1
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #42 on: February 03, 2011, 12:33:18 PM »
go online too aa.com. see what dates have available flights to where you want to go!

Offline Charlie Brown

  • Non-Elite Member
  • Join Date: Feb 2011
  • Posts: 12
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
  • Location: NYC
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #43 on: February 03, 2011, 11:51:35 PM »
go online too aa.com. see what dates have available flights to where you want to go!
sorry for not being clearer, when aa.com shows no availability for the dates needed is there any other way to get award tickets with aa miles

Offline aussiebochur

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: May 2010
  • Posts: 5303
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 24
    • View Profile
Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #44 on: February 07, 2011, 09:28:28 PM »
It seems that from NY the best flight to Hawaii is EWR-HNL direct on CO in BusinessFirst.

My question is, anyone ever see 2 seats available?
They must release seats but can never find them (even with a Plat account...)