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Before you go:

How long should I go for?
You could spend 10 years on Maui and not get your fill. That being said, the bare minimum to enjoy your stay is 4 days on the ground. A week is ideal.

It's possible to do a short trip by leaving early Sunday morning, getting there in the afternoon, and then leaving Thursday night and being back home for shabbos.

Do I need a guide book?
Very definitely. Sure you could find most info online, but nothing compares to a good, written-by-a-local, guide book. Maui Revealed is by far the best option, and will possibly be the best $16 you spent on your trip.

There is also an app version available for both iOS and Android for $7.99. The app has all the content of the book, plus navigation, offline maps, and links when applicable. You don't really need both, but some people find it useful to have the book while planning (much easier to use) and the app while on the island (for the maps and navigation).

What about Shabbos?
Some authorities hold that there's a dateline issue with Shabbos.
The local communities keep Shabbos on Saturday.
Definitely ask your LOR before you go - some hold simply that Shabbos is on Saturday, some hold that you have to keep Shabbos on both Friday and Saturday, and some hold that you have to keep D'oreisas on Friday and full Shabbos on Saturday.

If you must keep 2 days, remember that there are many questions that could come up (such as when to light Shabbos candles, how to warm up food, etc.), so make sure to discuss it all with your LOR.

There have been books written about the Chabad opinion of keeping Shabbos only on Saturday. Rabbi Aharon Dovid Gancz gives an absolutely fascinating pilpul on the topic, if you get a chance to attend one please record it (with permission) and upload the video online.

Note that you may run into this issue even if you leave the islands Thursday afternoon, as it may already be considered Shabbos. Ask your LOR.


Getting there and getting around:

Air:
The main airport is in Kahului, and is designated OGG. The are two other small airports - Kapalua (JHM) in the West Maui Mountains and Hana (HNM) in the east.
You could fly directly from the mainland to OGG from (bold is seasonal only):

ANC (AS)
BLI (AS, Allegiant Air)
DEN (UA)
DFW (AA)
LAX (AA, DL, HA, UA)
OAK (AS, HA)
ORD (UA)
PDX (AS)
PHX (US)
SAN (AS, HA)
SEA (AS, HA)
SFO (UA)
SJC (AS)
SMF (AS)
YEG (WestJet)
YVR (AC, WestJet)
YYC (AC, WestJet)

There are no direct flights from the East coast, so you will stop in one of these cities.
Alternately, you could fly directly to Honolulu (HNL) and continue to OGG from there.

Hawaiian and Go fly interisland from HNL, KOA, and LIH, Go, and Island Air flies 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.

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.

Car:
A car is necessary on Maui. All major companies have branches, mostly at the airport. There are also some local companies.

Hertz has Gold Choice at the airport. According to National's website there is no Executive Aisle/Selection at the airport, but according to reports there is one, albeit sparse to the point of uselessness. Also check out www.discounthawaiicarrental.com - they book from the major brands, and are worth a try. Costco Travel very often has great prices too.

Make sure to check your reservations often, as prices tend to drop a few weeks before pickup. If it does, make a new reservation and only then cancel your original one.

There's nothing like a convertible on Maui (especially on the Road to Hana). A 4WD is not really necessary, however some people feel more comfortable in one on the 'other side' of the Road to Hana and the hairy parts of Kahekill Hwy (east of the blowhole).

Air Maui will mail you a nice free paper map of the island - click here to request it. It usually takes a week or two to arrive.


Where to stay:

The two most popular area to stay are on the West side (Lahaina, Ka'anapali, Kapalua) and the South side (Wailea, Kihei), due to the better weather there. The South side could sometimes get windy in the winter, though. There are also many places to rent Upcountry (Kula, Pukalani), where the air is cooler and the views smashing (but farther from the beach).

Here are some places that are discussed in this thread:

NameAreaMore InfoComments
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Hyatt RegencyWest side (Lahaina) WebsiteHyatt Category 5. The Hyatt advertises having Kosher food. In the past, these meals came from Oahu Kosher (Chabad in Honolulu). However, in Dec 2016 they claimed the meals were prepared by the Chabad of Maui, while in actuality they were prepared by a reform temple (story explained at the bottom of this post), which is still true as of Feb 2017.
AndazSouth side (Wailea)WebsiteHyatt category 6. A favorite among DDFers, although award space isn't easy to come by.
Grand WaileaSouth side (Wailea)WebsiteHilton - 80k-95k depending on season. Reminiscent of the GHK in Kauai with sprawling grounds and more pools than you count, located on the beautiful Wailea Beach.
SheratonWest side (Lahaina)WebsiteSPG category 6.
WestinWest side (Lahaina) WebsiteSPG category 6.
FairmontSouth side (Wailea)WebsiteAll suite hotel.
"Get your own place"AnywhereWebsiteThere are countless condos, timeshares, or villas available to rent on the island. The advantages are that you get more for your money - a couple of bedrooms, living/dining rooms, and a full kitchen. There will usually be a pool, sometimes even a private one. Additionally, they're often cheaper than a hotel. There are many places to find them -
HomeAway Maui
VRBO Maui
Airbnb Maui


What to do:

Beaches:
There are countless beaches on Maui, and all are public. Most offer amazing snorkeling. The East and South side beaches are safe for swimming / snorkeling year round, while some North and West beaches could be deadly in winter. Here are some popular ones, in no particular order:

NameAreaComments
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Beach 1Area 1Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Beach 2Area 2Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Beach 3Area 3Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.


Hiking:
There are a tremendous amount of great hikes on Maui. Check the Maui Revealed book for detailed info on all of them, with maps, difficulty ratings, etc. These are just a few which are discussed in this thread:

NameAreaComments
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Sliding SandsHaleakalaAn amazing hike into the crater from the upper visitors center. Quite challenging due to the constant downhill on a loose cinder trail. Amazing views unlike anything on the island, and no shade. The entire trail takes all day, but most people take it only partway in. Go as far as you like and remember that the way back is a constant uphill and will take twice as long. Bring lots of water.
Pipiwai TrailHanaOne of the nicest trail on Maui. A bit past Hana, just before the Seven Sacred Pools. The hike goes through the jungle, past banyan trees and a 200-foot waterfall, and through a bamboo forest (this is the highlight for most people). The trail ends at the amazing 400-foot Waimoku Falls. Give this hike a couple of hours.
Lava FieldSouth MauiAt the end of the road, past the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve. This is an amazing and relatively difficult hike. You will be walking on sharp, loose lava rocks the entire time, but the views are smashing and the terrain interesting. Great views of a particularly wild stretch of ocean, interesting pools (not swimmable), and ends in a glorious (and generally empty) beach if you brave it till the end. Do the loop - hug the coast on the way out, and take the Kings Highway back. See Maui Revealed for all the details.


Other activities:

ActivityComments
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Helicopter toursA few companies offer this; Blue Hawaiian is generally considered to be the best. There are different routes to choose from - keep in mind that the ones going to Haleakala don't actually go into the crater. This is not as recommended on Maui as it is on other islands, since the entire island is pretty much easily accessible so you won't go anywhere remote or extremely amazing.
Road to HanaAbsolute must-do. Don't get scared off by misinformation and go all the way around - in a way the backside is even more spectacular that the more popular first half. You do NOT need a special car or 4WD; any regular car could do it happily. Best way to do the road is to spend the night in Hana, as that will leave the most time to explore the thousand different things along the road. If you're only going for the day, make sure to be on the road EARLY (7-7:30 the latest).
Haleakala SunriseA spectacular event that is not to be missed. You will wake up at the witching hour, it will be freezing cold, and it will be absolutely worth it. Be there at least 45 minutes before the listed sunrise - the earlier the better; they close the upper parking lot when it fills up and you'll have to park at the lower visitor center lot. Dress warmly and bring lots of jackets and blankets. Take the trail to Pakaoao (White Hill) and you'll have the sunrise to yourself (mostly, at least).
'Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools)Also known as the Seven Sacred Pools, this is in the Hana side of Haleakala National Park. Save your receipt from sunrise; it's valid for three days and will get you in to the pools too. Short hike from the parking lot to the pools, and it's absolutely stunning. Will be absolutely PACKED from around 1PM and on (but still worth it). If you're staying in Hana go early in the morning and it'll be mostly empty.
Snorkling Molokini craterCountless boat companies will take you out to Molokini. It has the best underwater visibility in the state, sometimes over 100 feet. Somewhat overrated and over-touristed, but generally considered to be worth it.
Kayaking
Biking
Horseback riding
Ziplining
Cruises


Shopping:
  • Costco in Kahului has some kosher food, as well as the cheapest gas on the island

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« Reply #3510 on: April 09, 2017, 02:19:25 PM »
oh you are 100% right! thanks
out of sheraton, Westin, Ritz, Marriott Wailea  which one you would recommend? based on my research Wailea is best since it is newly renovated and it comes out cheaper in points than other ones. let me know what you think please.
I would do Wailea just for the location

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« Reply #3511 on: April 09, 2017, 03:17:20 PM »
oh you are 100% right! thanks
out of sheraton, Westin, Ritz, Marriott Wailea  which one you would recommend? based on my research Wailea is best since it is newly renovated and it comes out cheaper in points than other ones. let me know what you think please.
Ritz is in a bad location on the Island. North and East Maui have bad weather; South and West have good weather.

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« Reply #3512 on: April 10, 2017, 01:28:45 PM »
oh you are 100% right! thanks
out of sheraton, Westin, Ritz, Marriott Wailea  which one you would recommend? based on my research Wailea is best since it is newly renovated and it comes out cheaper in points than other ones. let me know what you think please. 

yep i would go with the marriott based on those reasons and bc weather in wailea is the best on the whole island. i liked the ambiance much better in wailea as well.

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« Reply #3513 on: April 10, 2017, 01:31:42 PM »
I've been looking for few days now and I couldn't find any flight that would work out with my days! I kept calling korean  and british(avios) as well and no hope so far. (they all say it's the high season those days and all the award flights has already been booked already.  my next choice is too book through sapphire reserve and pay 85K miles for each round trip. any other suggestions?


find anything on united? can transfer chase to singapore and fly united

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« Reply #3514 on: April 13, 2017, 02:26:43 PM »
find anything on united? can transfer chase to singapore and fly united

I tried that but singapore told me they do not have any awards flights for those days. I told them those flights that I found and they said its not available for us to book with awards.
I ended up booking it through my sapphire reserve account for 86K points each round trip. I know its lots of points but I couldn't find anything through any other loopholes since it is high season dates in june and july. 

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« Reply #3515 on: April 13, 2017, 02:27:32 PM »
yep i would go with the marriott based on those reasons and bc weather in wailea is the best on the whole island. i liked the ambiance much better in wailea as well.

thanks for the info, just booked the Wailea.

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« Reply #3516 on: April 19, 2017, 12:45:55 PM »
try to stay for 5 days as you get the fifth night free on award stays. i would def recommend the marriott over the hyatt, just be prepared to pay for the resort fee and parking.

As of now I'm going to do 4 nights in Maui and 5 in Kauai with shabbos in GHK. Seems that everyone says that shabbos there is really nice. Also activities and flights work out better with 5 days in Kauai as opposed to 5 days and shabbos in Maui.

That being said, were you in the Marriott for shabbos? Was it shabbos friendly (electronic hallways/staircases etc)? Also were they willing to freeze pomegranate (or other pre-made) kosher meals? What about warming them up?

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« Reply #3517 on: April 19, 2017, 02:29:06 PM »
As of now I'm going to do 4 nights in Maui and 5 in Kauai with shabbos in GHK. Seems that everyone says that shabbos there is really nice. Also activities and flights work out better with 5 days in Kauai as opposed to 5 days and shabbos in Maui.

That being said, were you in the Marriott for shabbos? Was it shabbos friendly (electronic hallways/staircases etc)? Also were they willing to freeze pomegranate (or other pre-made) kosher meals? What about warming them up?

i was not there for shabbat but they did use key cards. the hotel is basically a bunch of buildings about 4-5 stories high or so so you can probably request a room on a lower floor if you need to. didnt really pay attention to anything else. i did not ask to warm up any food so i cant help you there

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« Reply #3518 on: April 19, 2017, 06:31:17 PM »
As of now I'm going to do 4 nights in Maui and 5 in Kauai with shabbos in GHK. Seems that everyone says that shabbos there is really nice. Also activities and flights work out better with 5 days in Kauai as opposed to 5 days and shabbos in Maui.

That being said, were you in the Marriott for shabbos? Was it shabbos friendly (electronic hallways/staircases etc)? Also were they willing to freeze pomegranate (or other pre-made) kosher meals? What about warming them up?

how are you guys booking the flights for between the 2 islands ? I found the Hawaiian flight that I want and I emailed JJ@dansdeals but I didn't get a respond yet! I was wondering what everyone else is doing recently 

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« Reply #3519 on: April 19, 2017, 07:46:59 PM »
how are you guys booking the flights for between the 2 islands ? I found the Hawaiian flight that I want and I emailed JJ@dansdeals but I didn't get a respond yet! I was wondering what everyone else is doing recently

don't think he does that anymore

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« Reply #3520 on: April 19, 2017, 08:11:27 PM »
don't think he does that anymore

oh, tnx
any special suggestions?

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« Reply #3521 on: April 20, 2017, 08:15:55 AM »
oh, tnx
any special suggestions?
Use miles?

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« Reply #3522 on: April 24, 2017, 08:31:17 PM »
Has anyone gone to see Haleakala for Sunset? I know everyone says sunrise is amazing but being that a) its possible that you might not have great weather/cloud cover and b)I am not a morning person, I have zero interest in waking up early (going in the summer so really early). Maui revealed only talks about sunrise but online people say sunset is also beautiful. So has anyone here done it? Worth the shlep? Is it as cold at sunset as by sunrise?

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« Reply #3523 on: April 24, 2017, 08:50:25 PM »
Has anyone gone to see Haleakala for Sunset? I know everyone says sunrise is amazing but being that a) its possible that you might not have great weather/cloud cover and b)I am not a morning person, I have zero interest in waking up early (going in the summer so really early). Maui revealed only talks about sunrise but online people say sunset is also beautiful. So has anyone here done it? Worth the shlep? Is it as cold at sunset as by sunrise?

Look at some of the recent TRs, a number of people here have done it and were very happy IIRC.
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« Reply #3524 on: April 25, 2017, 02:03:29 AM »


Has anyone gone to see Haleakala for Sunset? I know everyone says sunrise is amazing but being that a) its possible that you might not have great weather/cloud cover and b)I am not a morning person, I have zero interest in waking up early (going in the summer so really early). Maui revealed only talks about sunrise but online people say sunset is also beautiful. So has anyone here done it? Worth the shlep? Is it as cold at sunset as by sunrise?

I did it. Was beautiful but cold, bearable though.