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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
-Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii 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.

Kauai 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 Maui also has breathtaking views at Haleakala. Kauai 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 Kauai is generally said to be much better than a heli tour of Maui. 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 Maui 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 Grand Hyatt Kauai is a huge boost for Kauai, except for its beach, but the great Po'ipu Beach is 5 minutes away.

Maui 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. Warren & Annabelle's Magic Show is supposed to be a great night out. 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 as opposed to GHK's ). 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.

So, pick the types of activities you'd want to do and then you'll have your island. I personally liked Maui better mostly because of the Road to Hana, but to be fair, I did miss out on the Kalalau Trail in Kauai due to weather.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2235 on: July 14, 2018, 10:51:31 PM »
It would be worth doing KOA just for the drive up Mauna Kea for sunset and seeing the stars from the visitor center.
I'm not sure if it's possible to view the current eruption, you'll have to research that.

There's definitely what to do in KOA/ITO for longer. Waipio Valley, South Point, Green Sand Beach, Captain Cook Snorkeling, Hilo market, natural hot springs, coffee plantations, Manta diving. But I'd still probably opt for LIH or OGG over those.
Re "natural hot springs":  are you referring to the hot springs at Pohoiki?  These are in a restricted area, with lava covering all roads leading there.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2236 on: July 14, 2018, 10:53:19 PM »
Re "natural hot springs":  are you referring to the hot springs at Pohoiki?  These are in a restricted area, with lava covering all roads leading there.
Not sure what it was called, haven't been to the big island in nearly a decade.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2237 on: July 17, 2018, 08:56:46 AM »
Not sure what it was called, haven't been to the big island in nearly a decade.
I looked through your trip notes and I think it's Champagne Ponds you were referring to.  This was overrun by lava in early June.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2238 on: July 31, 2018, 02:55:53 PM »
I had bought the Kauai and Maui apps, and since then deleted them off my phone. When I went to add them back, it's making me pay for them again. Any idea why?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2239 on: July 31, 2018, 10:00:18 PM »
I had bought the Kauai and Maui apps, and since then deleted them off my phone. When I went to add them back, it's making me pay for them again. Any idea why?

Are they only good for a specific amount of time?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2240 on: July 31, 2018, 10:19:10 PM »
Are they only good for a specific amount of time?
Are there apps that work like that? Let me ask them on TW.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2241 on: July 31, 2018, 11:20:19 PM »
I had bought the Kauai and Maui apps, and since then deleted them off my phone. When I went to add them back, it's making me pay for them again. Any idea why?

Every edition is a new app and a new charge, much like a physical book. If a new edition was added, that would explain the charge.

See if you can find the app in your purchased app list, the older edition should still be there and downloadable.

Are they only good for a specific amount of time?

No such thing AFAIK.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2242 on: July 31, 2018, 11:23:57 PM »
They're $7.99 a year so if it's been more than a year I assume they'll just make you pay for the new one.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2243 on: August 01, 2018, 10:57:59 AM »
See if you can find the app in your purchased app list, the older edition should still be there and downloadable.
Bingo! Couldn't find my purchased app list, but just found, and they were there.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2245 on: August 02, 2018, 10:42:50 PM »
Bingo! Couldn't find my purchased app list, but just found, and they were there.
Thanks @Something Fishy , had a similar issue and found it in the purchased app list.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2246 on: September 17, 2018, 11:48:04 AM »
Does anyone know where to get POG (Pineapple Orange Guava juice) in the Brooklyn area?  I prefer Langer's, but any kosher brand without food coloring or other artificial additives will do.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2247 on: September 17, 2018, 10:28:48 PM »
Does anyone know where to get POG (Pineapple Orange Guava juice) in the Brooklyn area?  I prefer Langer's, but any kosher brand without food coloring or other artificial additives will do.
Found it.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2248 on: October 07, 2018, 03:24:15 PM »
Is big island feasible with a 20 month old?
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2249 on: October 07, 2018, 03:47:42 PM »
Is big island feasible with a 20 month old?

Absolutely, same as any other destination. The only thing different would be Mauna Kea, speak to your doctor first.
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