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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 #2415 on: September 25, 2019, 05:20:35 PM »
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I think that's the standard. I don't know of they have saver
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2416 on: September 25, 2019, 06:57:10 PM »
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Is there a better option? Only other direct is ua so options are SO or plan b
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2417 on: September 25, 2019, 07:00:26 PM »
Is there a better option? Only other direct is ua so options are SO or plan b
cash rates should be better than 105k Amex one way

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2421 on: October 11, 2019, 01:06:25 AM »
If flying interisland on Hawaiian Airlines out of OGG/LIH, how much before the flight should I be at airport if have precheck/global entry? Wondering if can make the 9pm flight after Shabbos if over around 730pm.

On the assumption it's not doable, is a 4:30pm interisland arrival into LIH on erev shabbos too close for a 6:30pm sunset (candle lighting 6pm ish)? would stay at Marriot coconut beach (6.7 miles from airport) and take Uber/taxi.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2422 on: October 11, 2019, 05:56:03 AM »
I would think you would be fine motzsh if you leave immediately after shabbos and aren't returning a car
The Friday afternoon situation is way too close for my comfort
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2423 on: October 11, 2019, 06:00:36 AM »
If flying interisland on Hawaiian Airlines out of OGG/LIH, how much before the flight should I be at airport if have precheck/global entry? Wondering if can make the 9pm flight after Shabbos if over around 730pm.

On the assumption it's not doable, is a 4:30pm interisland arrival into LIH on erev shabbos too close for a 6:30pm sunset (candle lighting 6pm ish)? would stay at Marriot coconut beach (6.7 miles from airport) and take Uber/taxi.
Once did something similar to your first option and I absolutely would not want to do it again.  Don't think we had PreCheck back then, but the hold up was at check-in.  We were flying J(?) so were able to use the Priority lane, and made it to the gate just as they started boarding.  Your other option is even worse.

Not to say these aren't doable, but a Hawaiian vacation is usually to decrease stress, not increase it.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2424 on: October 11, 2019, 12:10:34 PM »
I'd just get the first flight Sun AM rather than messing around with this for an interisland. You're going to be in HI regardless, no sense running around right before or after shabbos.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2425 on: October 12, 2019, 10:18:45 PM »
So it's decided. We are going to Hawaii for January [Sunday-Thursday morning, giving us 8 full days to roam] with a 2 year old.

Just need help in deciding which 2 islands to go to and only have 24-72 hours to decide.

Let the ideas flow. Thank you


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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2426 on: October 12, 2019, 10:53:40 PM »
So it's decided. We are going to Hawaii for January [Sunday-Thursday morning, giving us 8 full days to roam] with a 2 year old.

Just need help in deciding which 2 islands to go to and only have 24-72 hours to decide.

Let the ideas flow. Thank you
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As for the second Island maybe Kuai

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2427 on: October 12, 2019, 10:55:29 PM »
So it's decided. We are going to Hawaii for January [Sunday-Thursday morning, giving us 8 full days to roam] with a 2 year old.

Just need help in deciding which 2 islands to go to and only have 24-72 hours to decide.

Let the ideas flow. Thank you
This has been discussed 24-72 times in this thread already, but in that time frame, I'd just go to the BI (moving between Hilo and Kona).  Really want a second island, spend a night in HNL on the way to the BI and go to Pearl Harbor.

I've been to the BI 3 times with a 2 year old.  Absolutely recommend.  There are plenty BI TRs with kids on here for you to peruse.

To simplify things, fly into and out of ITO.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2428 on: October 13, 2019, 12:40:15 AM »
This has been discussed 24-72 times in this thread already, but in that time frame, I'd just go to the BI (moving between Hilo and Kona).  Really want a second island, spend a night in HNL on the way to the BI and go to Pearl Harbor.

I've been to the BI 3 times with a 2 year old.  Absolutely recommend.  There are plenty BI TRs with kids on here for you to peruse.

To simplify things, fly into and out of ITO.

"In that time frame"? Will be in Hawaii for almost 2 weeks, 8 full travel days not counting Shabbos or arrival/departure days.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2429 on: October 13, 2019, 12:45:24 AM »
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As for the second Island maybe Kuai

thought those 2 are quite similar (outside of $$$ activities) - lots of beautiful nature, snorkeling, beaches...

Was thinking about BI/Maui or BI/Kaui combo. Want to have as many different opportunities as possible, is why am pushing to visit 2 islands.

Don't have time to research islands before booking flight so will have to decide based on user posts. Wont be doing any big hikes since have 2 yr old and we're not in our peak physical shape :)