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Before you go:

How long should I go for?
You could spend 10 years on Maui and not get your fill. That being said, the bare minimum to enjoy your stay is 4 days on the ground. A week is ideal.

It's possible to do a short trip by leaving early Sunday morning, getting there in the afternoon, and then leaving Thursday night and being back home for shabbos.

Do I need a guide book?
Very definitely. Sure you could find most info online, but nothing compares to a good, written-by-a-local, guide book. Maui Revealed is by far the best option, and will possibly be the best $16 you spent on your trip.

Here it is for FREE.

There is also an app version available for both iOS and Android for $7.99. The app has all the content of the book, plus navigation, offline maps, and links when applicable. You don't really need both, but some people find it useful to have the book while planning (much easier to use) and the app while on the island (for the maps and navigation).

What about Shabbos?
Some authorities hold that there's a dateline issue with Shabbos.
The local communities keep Shabbos on Saturday.
Definitely ask your LOR before you go - some hold simply that Shabbos is on Saturday, some hold that you have to keep Shabbos on both Friday and Saturday, and some hold that you have to keep D'oreisas on Friday and full Shabbos on Saturday.

If you must keep 2 days, remember that there are many questions that could come up (such as when to light Shabbos candles, how to warm up food, etc.), so make sure to discuss it all with your LOR.

There have been books written about the Chabad opinion of keeping Shabbos only on Saturday. Rabbi Aharon Dovid Gancz gives an absolutely fascinating pilpul on the topic, if you get a chance to attend one please record it (with permission) and upload the video online.

Note that you may run into this issue even if you leave the islands Thursday afternoon, as it may already be considered Shabbos. Ask your LOR.


Getting there and getting around:

Air:
The main airport is in Kahului, and is designated OGG. The are two other small airports - Kapalua (JHM) in the West Maui Mountains and Hana (HNM) in the east.
You could fly directly from the mainland to OGG from (bold is seasonal only):

ANC (AS)
BLI (AS, Allegiant Air)
DEN (UA)
DFW (AA)
LAX (AA, DL, HA, UA)
OAK (AS, HA)
ORD (UA)
PDX (AS)
PHX (US)
SAN (AS, HA)
SEA (AS, HA)
SFO (UA)
SJC (AS)
SMF (AS)
YEG (WestJet)
YVR (AC, WestJet)
YYC (AC, WestJet)

There are no direct flights from the East coast, so you will stop in one of these cities.
Alternately, you could fly directly to Honolulu (HNL) and continue to OGG from there.

Hawaiian and Go fly interisland from HNL, KOA, and LIH, Go, and Island Air flies 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.

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.

Car:
A car is necessary on Maui. All major companies have branches, mostly at the airport. There are also some local companies.

Hertz has Gold Choice at the airport. According to National's website there is no Executive Aisle/Selection at the airport, but according to reports there is one, albeit sparse to the point of uselessness. Also check out www.discounthawaiicarrental.com - they book from the major brands, and are worth a try. Costco Travel very often has great prices too.

Make sure to check your reservations often, as prices tend to drop a few weeks before pickup. If it does, make a new reservation and only then cancel your original one.

There's nothing like a convertible on Maui (especially on the Road to Hana). A 4WD is not really necessary, however some people feel more comfortable in one on the 'other side' of the Road to Hana and the hairy parts of Kahekill Hwy (east of the blowhole).

Air Maui will mail you a nice free paper map of the island - click here to request it. It usually takes a week or two to arrive.


Where to stay:

The two most popular area to stay are on the West side (Lahaina, Ka'anapali, Kapalua) and the South side (Wailea, Kihei), due to the better weather there. The South side could sometimes get windy in the winter, though. There are also many places to rent Upcountry (Kula, Pukalani), where the air is cooler and the views smashing (but farther from the beach).

Here are some places that are discussed in this thread:

NameAreaMore InfoComments
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Hyatt RegencyWest side (Lahaina) WebsiteHyatt Category 5. The Hyatt advertises having Kosher food. In the past, these meals came from Oahu Kosher (Chabad in Honolulu). However, in Dec 2016 they claimed the meals were prepared by the Chabad of Maui, while in actuality they were prepared by a reform temple (story explained at the bottom of this post), which is still true as of Feb 2017.
AndazSouth side (Wailea)WebsiteHyatt category 6. A favorite among DDFers, although award space isn't easy to come by.
Grand WaileaSouth side (Wailea)WebsiteHilton - 80k-95k depending on season. Reminiscent of the GHK in Kauai with sprawling grounds and more pools than you count, located on the beautiful Wailea Beach.
SheratonWest side (Lahaina)WebsiteSPG category 6.
WestinWest side (Lahaina) WebsiteSPG category 6.
FairmontSouth side (Wailea)WebsiteAll suite hotel.
"Get your own place"AnywhereWebsiteThere are countless condos, timeshares, or villas available to rent on the island. The advantages are that you get more for your money - a couple of bedrooms, living/dining rooms, and a full kitchen. There will usually be a pool, sometimes even a private one. Additionally, they're often cheaper than a hotel. There are many places to find them -
HomeAway Maui
VRBO Maui
Airbnb Maui


What to do:

Beaches:
There are countless beaches on Maui, and all are public. Most offer amazing snorkeling. The East and South side beaches are safe for swimming / snorkeling year round, while some North and West beaches could be deadly in winter. Here are some popular ones, in no particular order:

NameAreaComments
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Beach 1Area 1Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Beach 2Area 2Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Beach 3Area 3Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.


Hiking:
There are a tremendous amount of great hikes on Maui. Check the Maui Revealed book for detailed info on all of them, with maps, difficulty ratings, etc. These are just a few which are discussed in this thread:

NameAreaComments
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Sliding SandsHaleakalaAn amazing hike into the crater from the upper visitors center. Quite challenging due to the constant downhill on a loose cinder trail. Amazing views unlike anything on the island, and no shade. The entire trail takes all day, but most people take it only partway in. Go as far as you like and remember that the way back is a constant uphill and will take twice as long. Bring lots of water.
Pipiwai TrailHanaOne of the nicest trail on Maui. A bit past Hana, just before the Seven Sacred Pools. The hike goes through the jungle, past banyan trees and a 200-foot waterfall, and through a bamboo forest (this is the highlight for most people). The trail ends at the amazing 400-foot Waimoku Falls. Give this hike a couple of hours.
Lava FieldSouth MauiAt the end of the road, past the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve. This is an amazing and relatively difficult hike. You will be walking on sharp, loose lava rocks the entire time, but the views are smashing and the terrain interesting. Great views of a particularly wild stretch of ocean, interesting pools (not swimmable), and ends in a glorious (and generally empty) beach if you brave it till the end. Do the loop - hug the coast on the way out, and take the Kings Highway back. See Maui Revealed for all the details.


Other activities:

ActivityComments
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Helicopter toursA few companies offer this; Blue Hawaiian is generally considered to be the best. There are different routes to choose from - keep in mind that the ones going to Haleakala don't actually go into the crater. This is not as recommended on Maui as it is on other islands, since the entire island is pretty much easily accessible so you won't go anywhere remote or extremely amazing.
Road to HanaAbsolute must-do. Don't get scared off by misinformation and go all the way around - in a way the backside is even more spectacular that the more popular first half. You do NOT need a special car or 4WD; any regular car could do it happily. Best way to do the road is to spend the night in Hana, as that will leave the most time to explore the thousand different things along the road. If you're only going for the day, make sure to be on the road EARLY (7-7:30 the latest).
Haleakala SunriseA spectacular event that is not to be missed. You will wake up at the witching hour, it will be freezing cold, and it will be absolutely worth it. Be there at least 45 minutes before the listed sunrise - the earlier the better; they close the upper parking lot when it fills up and you'll have to park at the lower visitor center lot. Dress warmly and bring lots of jackets and blankets. Take the trail to Pakaoao (White Hill) and you'll have the sunrise to yourself (mostly, at least).
'Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools)Also known as the Seven Sacred Pools, this is in the Hana side of Haleakala National Park. Save your receipt from sunrise; it's valid for three days and will get you in to the pools too. Short hike from the parking lot to the pools, and it's absolutely stunning. Will be absolutely PACKED from around 1PM and on (but still worth it). If you're staying in Hana go early in the morning and it'll be mostly empty.
Snorkling Molokini craterCountless boat companies will take you out to Molokini. It has the best underwater visibility in the state, sometimes over 100 feet. Somewhat overrated and over-touristed, but generally considered to be worth it.
Kayaking
Biking
Horseback riding
Ziplining
Cruises


Shopping:
  • Costco in Kahului has some kosher food, as well as the cheapest gas on the island
  • Lapperts ice cream store

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Re: Maui Master Thread
« Reply #120 on: June 18, 2012, 01:09:06 PM »
I did the road to hana on my first 3 trips to Maui and discovered new parts every time but didn't even think of doing it with our 5 month old.
do you not recommend it ? would you have done had you not done it prior ? any of the falls doable with a baby ?

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« Reply #121 on: June 22, 2012, 03:39:36 AM »
Has anyone stayed in the ritz Carlton in Maui?
Planning on staying using Amex fine hotels and resorts free 4th night, breakfast and upgrade.
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« Reply #122 on: June 22, 2012, 10:13:57 AM »
Great hotel, absolutely terrible location.
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« Reply #123 on: June 25, 2012, 01:19:51 AM »
I have been calling the 3 best scuba diving companies in Maui and they all require certiication to dive. Only one of them told me they give a refresher class but you dive from the shore Which i am not interested in (no boat ride to dive sites). Any inputs? I dove 3-4 times

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« Reply #124 on: June 26, 2012, 11:01:34 AM »
I have been calling the 3 best scuba diving companies in Maui and they all require certiication to dive. Only one of them told me they give a refresher class but you dive from the shore Which i am not interested in (no boat ride to dive sites). Any inputs? I dove 3-4 times

Nervermind! Found two! And actually one is leaving right from the hyatt (for anyone interested) $160pp - 4 hours - u can reserve with the concierge. Price is pretty consistent with any other company

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« Reply #125 on: June 26, 2012, 03:08:20 PM »
Nervermind! Found two! And actually one is leaving right from the hyatt (for anyone interested) $160pp - 4 hours - u can reserve with the concierge. Price is pretty consistent with any other company
How many dives and what do you see?

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« Reply #126 on: June 26, 2012, 03:14:08 PM »
How many dives and what do you see?
It is 2 tanks and about 2 hours in the sea (depending on how fast u consume the oxygen). The boat leaves from the hyatt (concierge said 5 min walf from the beach) and u see turtles and fishes :) (my main factor why i chose this one is that there is no video to watch before hand and no pool dive for training. u go straight to the boat and the team gives u a refresher on the signs and safety measures...

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« Reply #127 on: July 05, 2012, 01:16:22 AM »
Ey Oh!

I am going to be in Maui only one day/night with my wife (spending 8 days in Kauai) staying at the Hyatt and wanted to know if anybody had any recommendations for horseback riding places and if there are any non-rigorous things to do and see around the hyatt. I'm spending 8 days hiking in Kauai so I promised my wife she can pick the Maui Activities and she picked horseback riding...

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« Reply #128 on: July 05, 2012, 01:19:31 AM »
Ey Oh!

I am going to be in Maui only one day/night with my wife (spending 8 days in Kauai) staying at the Hyatt and wanted to know if anybody had any recommendations for horseback riding places and if there are any non-rigorous things to do and see around the hyatt. I'm spending 8 days hiking in Kauai so I promised my wife she can pick the Maui Activities and she picked horseback riding.

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« Reply #129 on: July 05, 2012, 01:30:29 AM »
Ey Oh!

I am going to be in Maui only one day/night with my wife (spending 8 days in Kauai) staying at the Hyatt and wanted to know if anybody had any recommendations for horseback riding places and if there are any non-rigorous things to do and see around the hyatt. I'm spending 8 days hiking in Kauai so I promised my wife she can pick the Maui Activities and she picked horseback riding...

Thanks!

Here is the one i m gonna do next week B"H with Mendes Ranch:
" This 2 hour ride includes cantering up rolling pastures into the lush rain forest and gaze down into Eki Crater to view some of Maui's largest waterfalls. The narrated tour then continues down the mountain where you will see Hawaiian taro patches and plantation homes. The trail continues down along Waihe'e Valley through grazing cattle to the crystal blue waters. Also included are refreshments" - $100 per person

In the revealed book, the best rated was pony express with their Haleakala Crater Tour but after looking at their website and video, it seemed pretty borring to go down the crater for so many hours and under such a sun... (the landscape reminded me too much of the eilat desert lol) I thought it would be better to go to the ocean, waterfalls and forest. But we' ll see!

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« Reply #130 on: July 05, 2012, 01:31:11 AM »
Haleakala on horseback. Was awesome
Very long though timewise, no?

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« Reply #131 on: July 05, 2012, 01:53:03 AM »
I did it as part of the sunrise tour, just on the way down. But yes, I guess it's pretty long
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« Reply #132 on: July 05, 2012, 03:34:57 AM »
Here is the one i m gonna do next week B"H with Mendes Ranch:
" This 2 hour ride includes cantering up rolling pastures into the lush rain forest and gaze down into Eki Crater to view some of Maui's largest waterfalls. The narrated tour then continues down the mountain where you will see Hawaiian taro patches and plantation homes. The trail continues down along Waihe'e Valley through grazing cattle to the crystal blue waters. Also included are refreshments" - $100 per person

In the revealed book, the best rated was pony express with their Haleakala Crater Tour but after looking at their website and video, it seemed pretty borring to go down the crater for so many hours and under such a sun... (the landscape reminded me too much of the eilat desert lol) I thought it would be better to go to the ocean, waterfalls and forest. But we' ll see!


What day next week are you going?

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What day next week are you going?
Thursday

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« Reply #134 on: July 05, 2012, 10:02:54 AM »
I did it as part of the sunrise tour, just on the way down.

I'm assuming you mean down into the crater. How did you get back up (or out)?

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« Reply #135 on: July 05, 2012, 03:49:17 PM »
Thursday

Oh. We will be there Wednesday. If we end up doing the Crater we will let you know how it went

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Haleakala is nice, but no need to do it if you'll be doing Mauna Kea on the Big Island.
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« Reply #137 on: July 09, 2012, 05:27:00 PM »
Dan (or anybody else),

Did you have to request the kosher meals before you got to the Hyatt Maui or did they have them ready to go whenever you ordered them? Also, do they know about plastic utensils and do they serve the meals in your room or do you have to go to the resteraunt and bring your own plastic stuff?

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« Reply #138 on: July 09, 2012, 05:29:07 PM »
They'll serve the kosher meals in double wrapping with plastic-ware anywhere you want.
No need to order ahead, though they'll be happy to email you a current menu.  You do need to give them a heads up though to defrost the meal.
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« Reply #139 on: July 09, 2012, 05:32:26 PM »
I emailed them in advance, then when I got there they told me to go down to the restaurant and look at the menu and I can eat there or have it delivered to my room. FYI its reg airline food. 

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