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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 #2430 on: October 13, 2019, 05:45:56 AM »
"In that time frame"? Will be in Hawaii for almost 2 weeks, 8 full travel days not counting Shabbos or arrival/departure days.
Yes, I understood your time frame. Perfect for the BI, unless there are specific things you want to do on another island.  The two main things people here like to do on Maui, sunrise on Haleakala and RTH, are not exactly kid-friendly, so why shlep there, when just about everything else can be seen/done on the BI?  Same with Kauai, but even more so.

I've spent about 2 and 1/2 months on the BI over the years (less on the other islands), always finding new/fun things to do with the kiddos.

We've done the island-hopping vacations, and had a great time, but the time we stayed for almost two full weeks on the BI, just moving between Kona and Hilo was the most idyllic.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2431 on: October 31, 2019, 11:30:17 PM »
Hoping to fly into OGG arrive around 2 on a Sunday and leave from KOA flight at 6 on the following Sunday.
All inter island flights seem to be smack in the middle of the day.

Soooo spend the extra time in Maui or the Big Island?

Thinking to leave Maui on wed SW arrive at the BI at 2. But that leaves Thursday as the only full day. Or we could leave Tuesday similar flights. Can we get enough outta Maui Sun afternoon - Tuesday morning, Monday being the only full day?

Thanx!

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2432 on: November 01, 2019, 12:25:52 AM »
Hoping to fly into OGG arrive around 2 on a Sunday and leave from KOA flight at 6 on the following Sunday.
All inter island flights seem to be smack in the middle of the day.

Soooo spend the extra time in Maui or the Big Island?

Thinking to leave Maui on wed SW arrive at the BI at 2. But that leaves Thursday as the only full day. Or we could leave Tuesday similar flights. Can we get enough outta Maui Sun afternoon - Tuesday morning, Monday being the only full day?

Thanx!

Don't use SW. Hawaiian Airlines fly interisland all day.

To preempt other user comments on your questions- what are your interests? taking any kids? why the push for 2 islands?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2433 on: November 01, 2019, 07:08:51 AM »
Hoping to fly into OGG arrive around 2 on a Sunday and leave from KOA flight at 6 on the following Sunday.
All inter island flights seem to be smack in the middle of the day.

Soooo spend the extra time in Maui or the Big Island?

Thinking to leave Maui on wed SW arrive at the BI at 2. But that leaves Thursday as the only full day. Or we could leave Tuesday similar flights. Can we get enough outta Maui Sun afternoon - Tuesday morning, Monday being the only full day?

Thanx!
Not worth going to 2 Islands in thst time frame.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2434 on: November 01, 2019, 08:49:13 AM »
The main reason for two islands are ticket prices/times from each island, make our trip work.

Traveling with four boys ages 5-14.
Yes we’re OK with flying with those ages. And these boys are OK with adventures.
5  year old really wants to see lava. ;D

 Not sure when we’re going to be able to or want to go back so kind of want to get two islands in anyway.

 Being now we know I must go to both islands for our flights which one should we spend a bit more time on?

Thx!!!

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2435 on: November 01, 2019, 08:51:34 AM »
Don't use SW. Hawaiian Airlines fly interisland all day.

To preempt other user comments on your questions- what are your interests? taking any kids? why the push for 2 islands?

The Hawaiian Airlines times are not that much better. Being as the last one would land in the island still around 3 something which is still basically a  smack in the middle of the day flight. Also with them I would need to pay extra money for luggage, six people traveling it adds up. SW right now $29👍

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #2436 on: November 02, 2019, 07:41:20 PM »
The main reason for two islands are ticket prices/times from each island, make our trip work.

Traveling with four boys ages 5-14.
Yes we’re OK with flying with those ages. And these boys are OK with adventures.
5  year old really wants to see lava. ;D

 Not sure when we’re going to be able to or want to go back so kind of want to get two islands in anyway.

 Being now we know I must go to both islands for our flights which one should we spend a bit more time on?

Thx!!!
Big Island.