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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 #390 on: January 13, 2013, 09:00:15 PM »
We need some really good hotel recommendations .
Maui dates are Jan 24th 2013 till January 28th
Kauai dates from Jan 28th 2013 - february 3rd

It seems the GHK is over 700 a night, and i cant get it for 22,000 points a night.
Anyone have any hotel connections?
Any other really great hotel options in both islands?

Which island do i need to rent a car ? And wheres the best place to rent a car from? Thanks so much

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #391 on: January 13, 2013, 10:15:53 PM »
We need some really good hotel recommendations .
Maui dates are Jan 24th 2013 till January 28th
Kauai dates from Jan 28th 2013 - february 3rd

It seems the GHK is over 700 a night, and i cant get it for 22,000 points a night.
Anyone have any hotel connections?
Any other really great hotel options in both islands?

Which island do i need to rent a car ? And wheres the best place to rent a car from? Thanks so much

Do you have Starwood points? Try a starwood hotel for Kauai.
And you can use your Hyatt points for Maui perhaps.
I'd rent a car on both islands.

Look for the cheapest rates. I've used Avis in Hawaii.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #392 on: January 13, 2013, 10:39:14 PM »
For you HI planners, don't forget about the Andaz Wailea opening up this summer in South Maui!  Bookings should open soon and I'd have to guess that it will be a Hyatt category 6.
But it looks oh so awesome and the area is as well.  With the Andaz flag I'll bet it will give other HI hotels a real run for the money.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #393 on: January 13, 2013, 10:47:44 PM »
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4) You could downgrade them but if you cancel you can sign up again later.

 Why you nervous about cancelling?

Not sure. I don't like signing up for credit cards and/or cancelling them. I try to keep it simple. Sapphire seems simple; Hyatt card seems less so. If the benefits are that good, I'll consider it. But it seems like the Sapphire is a no brainer?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
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Ink will earn more signup points than Sapphire.
And never cancel...leverage.  But this is the wrong thread for this discussion.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
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And never cancel...leverage.  But this is the wrong thread for this discussion.

Alright, I'll try to find that thread somewhere later. But do you agree with getting the Sapphire or Ink for Hyatt points? What do you think I should do about the Hyatt card? Get it for the free nights and cancel (or leverage) or keep the card and pay or negotiate the annual fee?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #396 on: January 13, 2013, 11:02:00 PM »
Alright, I'll try to find that thread somewhere later. But do you agree with getting the Sapphire or Ink for Hyatt points? What do you think I should do about the Hyatt card? Get it for the free nights and cancel (or leverage) or keep the card and pay or negotiate the annual fee?
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #397 on: January 13, 2013, 11:03:01 PM »
Also looking into Kaui hotel options. Hyatt is $700+. Any other recommendations? Is the Sheraton nearby worthwhile at all ($400)?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #398 on: January 13, 2013, 11:04:03 PM »
Also looking into Kaui hotel options. Hyatt is $700+. Any other recommendations? Is the Sheraton nearby worthwhile at all ($400)?
Get points or use priceline.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #399 on: January 13, 2013, 11:13:38 PM »
In other words do what it takes to stay in Hyatt

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #401 on: January 14, 2013, 12:21:56 AM »
Sorry Dan I'm confused, so are there other hotels that you recommend? Also I see now the Hyatt is $800 only midweek (Feb. 10th) for some reason (Lincoln/Valentines?) but $450 for the previous weekend. People are reporting sub-$200 wins on priceline in Jan., but seems like a stretch for that week.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #402 on: January 14, 2013, 12:51:03 AM »
Im also confused. I have about 100,000 spg and prob 120000 ur. Ive never used points to book a hotel. I wanted a really nice hotel in both places. How can i get the ghk for the dates i mentioned? And if i cant get that what else do you recommend?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #403 on: January 14, 2013, 12:54:08 AM »
Also. While looking for alternative hotels. What area do i want to stay in Maui? And what area in kauai? What are two or three other gorgeous hotel options if i cant get ghk? Thanks

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
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