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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.
« Last edited by @Yehuda on February 09, 2018, 10:12:56 AM »

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2250 on: October 24, 2018, 11:26:09 PM »
Can fly aa, united or hawaiian for same price from la.  Which is better flight and which gives free checked bag?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2251 on: October 25, 2018, 12:27:54 AM »
Can fly aa, united or hawaiian for same price from la.  Which is better flight and which gives free checked bag?
None of them give free bag without status or a CC.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2252 on: December 30, 2018, 08:15:45 PM »
Going back to Hawaii but it's been a few years. Is Pomegranate the way to go still? Are there other options in the NY area?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2253 on: December 30, 2018, 08:54:07 PM »
Going back to Hawaii but it's been a few years. Is Pomegranate the way to go still? Are there other options in the NY area?

TIA!
Most people seem to still use them, but 5T people often use Traditions and NJ people often use Noah's Ark. You can really also just use any place's takeout counter. Most will double wrap for you.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2254 on: December 30, 2018, 10:08:50 PM »
Grand and Essex in NJ makes phenomenal travel meals. Way tastier and way cheaper than POM.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2255 on: January 01, 2019, 05:44:16 PM »
Grand and Essex in NJ makes phenomenal travel meals. Way tastier and way cheaper than POM.
Good to know. We’ve previously used Noah’s Ark (when local Chabad wasn’t an option) but last time there were just too many mistakes and we weren’t thrilled with the taste.  Does grand and essex give you an option for oven and microwave? Their website shows just microwave

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2256 on: January 01, 2019, 06:20:33 PM »
Good to know. We’ve previously used Noah’s Ark (when local Chabad wasn’t an option) but last time there were just too many mistakes and we weren’t thrilled with the taste.  Does grand and essex give you an option for oven and microwave? Their website shows just microwave

Microwave only.

I've had him make me oven versions when he catered one of my trips, but you probably need a very large quantity for that.

That being said I had the microwave ones on my last trip to Hawaii and it was amazing.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2257 on: January 01, 2019, 06:36:49 PM »
Microwave only.

I've had him make me oven versions when he catered one of my trips, but you probably need a very large quantity for that.

That being said I had the microwave ones on my last trip to Hawaii and it was amazing.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2258 on: January 01, 2019, 06:42:49 PM »
Mehhhhhhh.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2259 on: January 01, 2019, 06:43:19 PM »
...says the person whose never tasted it.
Don't need to. Microwaved meals are just not my thing.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2260 on: January 01, 2019, 06:46:55 PM »
Don't need to. Microwaved meals are just not my thing.

Impossible to argue with logic like that.

Let me know once you've compared their microwaved meals with any of POM's oven meals and we can have a discussion.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2261 on: January 01, 2019, 06:48:04 PM »
I can't imagine the scenario where I'll try one of these means short of them sending me some to try. Would never order a microwave meal.
Why in the world would they not have a standard oven option?
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2262 on: January 01, 2019, 09:22:40 PM »
Was thinking of doing Grand & Essex soon, didn't know they only have microwave. However, if my normal Shabbos leftovers get re-heated in a microwave, why can't a stores takeout counter also be good in a microwave?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2263 on: January 01, 2019, 11:14:48 PM »
Was thinking of doing Grand & Essex soon, didn't know they only have microwave. However, if my normal Shabbos leftovers get re-heated in a microwave, why can't a stores takeout counter also be good in a microwave?

Cedar Market has oven dairy options including lasagna, eggplant parm, maccaroni and cheese, and penne alla vodka.  All were pretty decent and brought them to hawaii with no problems, just put two layers of foil on my self.  Also did the grand and essex thing with their chicken meals with two sides, didnt like these nearly as much as the dairy ones.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2264 on: January 02, 2019, 03:05:01 PM »
Was thinking of doing Grand & Essex soon, didn't know they only have microwave. However, if my normal Shabbos leftovers get re-heated in a microwave, why can't a stores takeout counter also be good in a microwave?
I definitely prefer Shabb leftovers to be heated in the oven, but I imagine a deep frozen meal microwaved vs refrigerated meal microwaved changes things too.