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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 #855 on: July 22, 2014, 12:04:31 AM »
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #856 on: July 22, 2014, 12:06:56 AM »
Wow, awesome!
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #857 on: July 22, 2014, 12:15:53 AM »
While we're on the subject, whether you're renting or buying make sure to get what's called a dry snorkel. Many places in Hawaii (Snorkel Bob's for example) will rent out semi-dry ones, which admit some water and require manual clearing if it gets submerged. The one's I just bought are dry, which means that a valve shuts automatically in case it gets submerged and no water whatsoever gets in.

The difference is astounding. It's a bit disconcerting the first couple of times it happens, as you're trying to inhale but there's no air coming through. But considering the alternative is a mouthful of saltwater, it's a really fantastic feature.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #858 on: July 22, 2014, 09:48:50 AM »
What do people with glasses do when snorkeling? Or should I say, what's the best option? I can't imagine it's worth it getting contacts for the first time just for this, so...

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #859 on: July 22, 2014, 09:54:00 AM »
What do people with glasses do when snorkeling? Or should I say, what's the best option? I can't imagine it's worth it getting contacts for the first time just for this, so...

Objects in water appear 34% closer and 25% larger than they really are, so if your prescription is not too high you may not need anything (this works for me personally). Otherwise you could get prescription lenses for most masks, they run around $30 or so IIRC. Some rental shops also rent prescription masks.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #860 on: July 22, 2014, 10:07:12 AM »
Objects in water appear 34% closer and 25% larger than they really are, so if your prescription is not too high you may not need anything (this works for me personally). Otherwise you could get prescription lenses for most masks, they run around $30 or so IIRC. Some rental shops also rent prescription masks.
Unfortunately, I'm well beyond the water effect making up for my prescription  ;D

I'm not sure I would spend money on this beforehand, as I've never snorkeled in my life and I don't know how much I'll like it or whether I'll want to spend significant time doing it. I'll be at the Kea Lani, so I figured I'd try it out with the 1-hour free rental they have there, and if I'm comfortable doing so, then I'd book a snorkeling tour of some sort. But that would mean using their (most likely) non-prescription mask.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #861 on: July 22, 2014, 10:11:30 AM »
Check the book, he mentions a couple of places that have rx masks.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #862 on: July 22, 2014, 10:45:38 AM »
Get a free sample of contacts from an optometrist?
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #863 on: July 22, 2014, 10:52:00 AM »
Objects in water appear 34% closer and 25% larger than they really are, so if your prescription is not too high you may not need anything (this works for me personally). Otherwise you could get prescription lenses for most masks, they run around $30 or so IIRC. Some rental shops also rent prescription masks.
Approx what number do you have on your prescription?

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #864 on: July 22, 2014, 11:49:29 AM »
Approx what number do you have on your prescription?

I think something like 1.5 -1.75, nothing too major.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #865 on: July 22, 2014, 12:28:06 PM »
Check the book, he mentions a couple of places that have rx masks.
Thanks.
Get a free sample of contacts from an optometrist?
Not a bad idea, if only as a backup.

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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #866 on: July 22, 2014, 12:30:19 PM »
Not so simple just to start trying contacts. It'll take you 1/2 hour to get them in the first time. And you won't necessarily acclimate to them well...
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #867 on: July 22, 2014, 11:17:50 PM »
Flying Delta first class from JFK-LAX and economy LAX-HNL and HNL - LIH

Delta claims that I will get 2 free checked bags up to 70lbs.
But nobody at Delta seems to be able to answer the following question.
If I am sending my luggage from JFK straight to LIH,  will I get free checked bags on my last leg (HNL-LIH with a different airline). And vice versa I am starting my first leg in economy with a different airline and ending off first class with Delta, will I get free checked bags all the way through.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #868 on: July 22, 2014, 11:22:39 PM »
Flying Delta first class from JFK-LAX and economy LAX-HNL and HNL - LIH

Delta claims that I will get 2 free checked bags up to 70lbs.
But nobody at Delta seems to be able to answer the following question.
If I am sending my luggage from JFK straight to LIH,  will I get free checked bags on my last leg (HNL-LIH with a different airline). And vice versa I am starting my first leg in economy with a different airline and ending off first class with Delta, will I get free checked bags all the way through.
Thanks

It always goes according to the first flight. If your bags are checked all the way to LIH, you'll get them for free. On the way back you'll have to pay for luggage since your first leg is in economy.
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Re: Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
« Reply #869 on: July 23, 2014, 12:06:07 AM »
It always goes according to the first flight. If your bags are checked all the way to LIH, you'll get them for free. On the way back you'll have to pay for luggage since your first leg is in economy.
thank you!
does that include an inter-island flight that was booked on a completely separate site and separate itinerary?
has anyone done this personally? me and mo are in the same boat but cant get anyone in delta to give definitive answer or even to put in writing...