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-Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
-Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
-Kauai Master Thread
-Oahu Master Thread
-Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread


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 #3495 on: April 06, 2017, 02:44:34 AM »
Leaving next week for eight nights on the island. Four nights at the Ritz and four nights at the Grand Wailea. We were there last August at the Grand Hyatt. It'll be nice to see the difference. Hope to see some of you there.

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« Reply #3496 on: April 06, 2017, 09:01:06 AM »


as far as hotel i stayed 3 days at the marriott wailea for 40k marriott per night which transfers from spg at 1:3 so thats only 13,333 spg per night. you can stay for 5 nights and get the 5th night free so that makes it only 10,666 spg per night.also stayed 5 nights at hyatt kaanpali for 20k hyatt per night. would recommend the marriott, more upscale area and recently renovated. they will get you with the resort fee though. save the 2 hyatt nights for the GH kauai
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Would you recommend Marriott wailea over the Sheraton maui?

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« Reply #3497 on: April 06, 2017, 09:31:07 AM »
there is no direct to ogg from ny. you can fly delta coach for 25k rt or biz for 45k rt pp korean which transfers from chase. can also do the same delta flight for 30k rt in coach using flying blue which transfers from chase and amex

as far as hotel i stayed 3 days at the marriott wailea for 40k marriott per night which transfers from spg at 1:3 so thats only 13,333 spg per night. you can stay for 5 nights and get the 5th night free so that makes it only 10,666 spg per night.also stayed 5 nights at hyatt kaanpali for 20k hyatt per night. would recommend the marriott, more upscale area and recently renovated. they will get you with the resort fee though. save the 2 hyatt nights for the GH kauai

thanks, I tried korean air and Flying blue and they said everything is already booked for June and July. Any other suggestions for flights ?
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« Reply #3498 on: April 06, 2017, 09:39:34 AM »
thanks, I tried korean air and they said everything is already booked for June and July. I gonna try flying blue now. I was thinking about sheraton before but marriot walliea  looks nice too.

flying blue will show the same availability.

look at united and american options as well with different stopover options. I actually used jetblue points to fly on hawaiian at a pretty good value.


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« Reply #3499 on: April 06, 2017, 11:25:11 AM »
flying blue will show the same availability.

look at united and american options as well with different stopover options. I actually used jetblue points to fly on hawaiian at a pretty good value.

is there a way to transfer my chase points to jetblue?

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« Reply #3500 on: April 06, 2017, 11:44:19 AM »
flying blue will show the same availability.

look at united and american options as well with different stopover options. I actually used jetblue points to fly on hawaiian at a pretty good value.

I checked United and it's only the 90K seats has left! I do not have jetblue points unless there would be a way for me to transfer!
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« Reply #3501 on: April 06, 2017, 12:10:41 PM »
Check for availability on Alaska airlines. Although if KE already said they don't have anything then that might not be an option anymore

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« Reply #3502 on: April 06, 2017, 12:31:49 PM »
figure out where each airline has flights from and work that way. ie. united has flights from den/ord as well I believe and it could be worth taking a separate positioning flight the night before or something depending on your schedule.

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« Reply #3503 on: April 06, 2017, 01:01:20 PM »
Did they completely finish their renovations? Conflicting reports online. How nice is it?  So for only 4 days in Maui you would recommend Marriott over Hyatt Regency? Tried to get Andaz but no availability.

it was 99.5% done when i was there in late feb. the only thing i saw them work on was some minor landscaping and a couple of elevators. you would not even notice it if your not looking for it, didnt affect my stay at all. hotel is really nice, i love the adults only pool, the one by the hyatt is a joke. i can definitely see marriott bumping this up a couple of categories. its much nicer than the hyatt.

try to stay for 5 days as you get the fifth night free on award stays. i would def recommend the marriott over the hyatt, just be prepared to pay for the resort fee and parking.


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« Reply #3504 on: April 06, 2017, 01:05:11 PM »
thanks, I tried korean air and Flying blue and they said everything is already booked for June and July. Any other suggestions for flights ?

dont trust the rep. manually check every day on the flying blue site then confirm availability with the agent before you transfer the points. FB sometimes has phantom award space. once the agent confirms that he sees the flight, transfer the points over from chase and have them book it. remember to feed them the flight numbers, most them are clueless

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« Reply #3505 on: April 06, 2017, 02:10:17 PM »
dont trust the rep. manually check every day on the flying blue site then confirm availability with the agent before you transfer the points. FB sometimes has phantom award space. once the agent confirms that he sees the flight, transfer the points over from chase and have them book it. remember to feed them the flight numbers, most them are clueless

this may sound stupid but I can not figure out how to look for those flights on flying blue website! do you mind explain how I could check for those flights please?
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« Reply #3506 on: April 06, 2017, 02:18:51 PM »
this may sound stupid but I can not figure out how to look for those flights on flying blue website! do you mind explain how I could check for those flights please?
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airfrance.us click on "use your miles". sign in and then search

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« Reply #3507 on: April 09, 2017, 01:33:17 PM »
airfrance.us click on "use your miles". sign in and then search

I've been looking for few days now and I couldn't find any flight that would work out with my days! I kept calling korean  and british(avios) as well and no hope so far. (they all say it's the high season those days and all the award flights has already been booked already.  my next choice is too book through sapphire reserve and pay 85K miles for each round trip. any other suggestions?

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« Reply #3508 on: April 09, 2017, 01:37:17 PM »
it was 99.5% done when i was there in late feb. the only thing i saw them work on was some minor landscaping and a couple of elevators. you would not even notice it if your not looking for it, didnt affect my stay at all. hotel is really nice, i love the adults only pool, the one by the hyatt is a joke. i can definitely see marriott bumping this up a couple of categories. its much nicer than the hyatt.

try to stay for 5 days as you get the fifth night free on award stays. i would def recommend the marriott over the hyatt, just be prepared to pay for the resort fee and parking.

I just checked marriott and they jacked up Wailea to category 8 for 160K marriott points per night! I currently have 81K SPG  which other hotel you would recommend  for 5 night stay?

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« Reply #3509 on: April 09, 2017, 01:51:11 PM »
I just checked marriott and they jacked up Wailea to category 8 for 160K marriott points per night! I currently have 81K SPG  which other hotel you would recommend  for 5 night stay?
It's not per night. It's a category 8 which is 40k per night. It's 160 for 4 or 5 nights.