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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 #4425 on: October 24, 2019, 01:26:38 AM »
Planning on traveling to Maui January time with my wife and baby as well as my brother in law and his 2 kids. Should I stay in the Andaz or better to book with on of the Marriot hotels? I have a ton of chase points I can transfer as well as about 750K Marriot points. Whats my best bet?

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Re: Maui Master Thread
« Reply #4426 on: November 03, 2019, 09:03:34 AM »
 Looking to travel to Maui in January.
Traveling with four children.
Hoping once we’re there not to be in a hotel room too much and do mostly outdoor adventures.
We don’t care for the beach nor the pools as we are only there for a limited amount of time and really want to experience the island. Is there anything special we would be missing out on by not staying in a resort/hotel? Wasn’t sure if there’s some activities we would pass up if we stayed in an Airbnb type place.

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Re: Maui Master Thread
« Reply #4427 on: November 03, 2019, 10:11:35 AM »
Looking to travel to Maui in January.
Traveling with four children.
Hoping once we’re there not to be in a hotel room too much and do mostly outdoor adventures.
We don’t care for the beach nor the pools as we are only there for a limited amount of time and really want to experience the island. Is there anything special we would be missing out on by not staying in a resort/hotel? Wasn’t sure if there’s some activities we would pass up if we stayed in an Airbnb type place.

Thx!
No reason to stay in a hotel IMO in your situation.
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Re: Maui Master Thread
« Reply #4428 on: November 07, 2019, 10:47:53 AM »
hi,
travelling in a few days to Maui - here is my tentative itinerary

Sunday, stock up at walmart/costco and settle at hotel
Monday, snuba in molokini,  horseback riding/cruise/luau
Tuesday, sunrise at haleakala, pool and beach chill, warren and annabelle's
Wednesday, RTH
Thursday, Fly to oahu: helicopter tour

questions:
1. what's with the the kosher food in maui, can i rely on the hashgacha there? i've tried reach out numerous times but haven't gotten an answer. should i just bring my own food and be done with it?

2. i would love to go to a luau, are there any "non-food" options? is it a worthwhile expenditure?

3. we weren't planning on renting a car, we're doing the haleakala sunrise with an organized tour (i can't imagine that we would be able to get up at 2 am otherwise). should we do an organized tour for RTH or just rent a car and do it ourselves? we don't want to sleep over in hana and we want to do the full loop (have the cake and eat it) what would be the best places to stop to make it all in one day?

4. any tips re snuba in molokini? any recommendation for tour boat that offers this?

5. any other recommendations for an activity in oahu, we have 7 hours in the afternoon/evening to burn

thanks for your help!


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Re: Maui Master Thread
« Reply #4429 on: November 08, 2019, 09:02:44 AM »


hi,
travelling in a few days to Maui - here is my tentative itinerary

Sunday, stock up at walmart/costco and settle at hotel
Monday, snuba in molokini,  horseback riding/cruise/luau
Tuesday, sunrise at haleakala, pool and beach chill, warren and annabelle's
Wednesday, RTH
Thursday, Fly to oahu: helicopter tour

questions:
1. what's with the the kosher food in maui, can i rely on the hashgacha there? i've tried reach out numerous times but haven't gotten an answer. should i just bring my own food and be done with it?

2. i would love to go to a luau, are there any "non-food" options? is it a worthwhile expenditure?

3. we weren't planning on renting a car, we're doing the haleakala sunrise with an organized tour (i can't imagine that we would be able to get up at 2 am otherwise). should we do an organized tour for RTH or just rent a car and do it ourselves? we don't want to sleep over in hana and we want to do the full loop (have the cake and eat it) what would be the best places to stop to make it all in one day?

4. any tips re snuba in molokini? any recommendation for tour boat that offers this?

5. any other recommendations for an activity in oahu, we have 7 hours in the afternoon/evening to burn

thanks for your help!

Consider doing sunrise the day after you get there, as the jetlag will make it easier (5 hours behind the east coast).
Another reason to take a tour is to avoid having to get one of the 80 last minute tickets to the top, which usually sell out in minutes.

If you are doing the full Hana loop, your own car will make it far easier.
Do you have the Maui revealed app?
They have great recommendations.
I'd suggest skipping a few places and getting to Alele falls before sunset, as you'll have it to yourself since it's past Hana.

The 2 kosher options I know are
Chabad and
KosherOnMaui (https://www.mauikosherfarm.com). They are Lubavitchers who moved to Maui a couple of years ago. You can read about them and contact them from that site. Not Cheap, but you get what you pay for.

I used Seafire Adventure for molokini snorkeling. They don't do snuba, but they're a great snorkel trip (as long as you'd rather have personal attention and more time in the water over a fancy boat)

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Re: Maui Master Thread
« Reply #4430 on: November 08, 2019, 10:22:09 AM »
hi,
travelling in a few days to Maui - here is my tentative itinerary

Sunday, stock up at walmart/costco and settle at hotel
Monday, snuba in molokini,  horseback riding/cruise/luau
Tuesday, sunrise at haleakala, pool and beach chill, warren and annabelle's
Wednesday, RTH
Thursday, Fly to oahu: helicopter tour

questions:
1. what's with the the kosher food in maui, can i rely on the hashgacha there? i've tried reach out numerous times but haven't gotten an answer. should i just bring my own food and be done with it?

2. i would love to go to a luau, are there any "non-food" options? is it a worthwhile expenditure?

3. we weren't planning on renting a car, we're doing the haleakala sunrise with an organized tour (i can't imagine that we would be able to get up at 2 am otherwise). should we do an organized tour for RTH or just rent a car and do it ourselves? we don't want to sleep over in hana and we want to do the full loop (have the cake and eat it) what would be the best places to stop to make it all in one day?

4. any tips re snuba in molokini? any recommendation for tour boat that offers this?

5. any other recommendations for an activity in oahu, we have 7 hours in the afternoon/evening to burn

thanks for your help!
For a Luau, I couldn't find a kosher option but we had a great time watching from right outside the fence. The primary thing that you pay for is the food which isn't kosher so didn't feel it worth it to pay to be inside and not eat.

For Oahu, I had a long stopover before and after Maui. On the way in we took the bus to Pearl Harbor and toured there. Was very interesting and historical. On the way out we rented a car for a few hours and did a shark cage adventure where they take a boat out to the ocean and they lower you into the water in a shark cage and there are tons of sharks swimming all around you. Highly recommended.

And also, Definitely rent a car to do RTH yourself.

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Re: Maui Master Thread
« Reply #4431 on: November 08, 2019, 11:08:36 AM »
One of the hotel guys at the Andaz told my snorkeling in Molokini is a waste of money and tourist trap. I had excellent scuba in the Wailea area.

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« Reply #4432 on: November 08, 2019, 11:14:52 AM »
One of the hotel guys at the Andaz told my snorkeling in Molokini is a waste of money and tourist trap. I had excellent scuba in the Wailea area.
I mostly agree, but it's still a fun activity.
But there's great snorkeling everywhere south of Wailea.
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« Reply #4433 on: November 08, 2019, 11:18:26 AM »
I mostly agree, but it's still a fun activity.
But there's great snorkeling everywhere south of Wailea.
Also at great snorkeling at kamole beaches in kihei per Maui revealed. We did it there. You can rent gear for cheap and they have lifeguards if you care..

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Re: Maui Master Thread
« Reply #4434 on: November 08, 2019, 11:19:46 AM »
hi,
travelling in a few days to Maui - here is my tentative itinerary

Sunday, stock up at walmart/costco and settle at hotel
Monday, snuba in molokini,  horseback riding/cruise/luau
Tuesday, sunrise at haleakala, pool and beach chill, warren and annabelle's
Wednesday, RTH
Thursday, Fly to oahu: helicopter tour

questions:
1. what's with the the kosher food in maui, can i rely on the hashgacha there? i've tried reach out numerous times but haven't gotten an answer. should i just bring my own food and be done with it?

2. i would love to go to a luau, are there any "non-food" options? is it a worthwhile expenditure?

3. we weren't planning on renting a car, we're doing the haleakala sunrise with an organized tour (i can't imagine that we would be able to get up at 2 am otherwise). should we do an organized tour for RTH or just rent a car and do it ourselves? we don't want to sleep over in hana and we want to do the full loop (have the cake and eat it) what would be the best places to stop to make it all in one day?

4. any tips re snuba in molokini? any recommendation for tour boat that offers this?

5. any other recommendations for an activity in oahu, we have 7 hours in the afternoon/evening to burn

thanks for your help!
Personally I'd never do a tour. Renting a car is a must.

I'd also do the West Maui loop and sights over "horseback riding/cruise/luau"

Why 7 hours in Oahu? Couldn't get a better connection? Are you going to Pearl Harbor?
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« Reply #4435 on: November 08, 2019, 11:21:06 AM »
Also at great snorkeling at kamole beaches in kihei per Maui revealed. We did it there. You can rent gear for cheap and they have lifeguards if you care..
Personally I prefer south of Wailea, like:

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« Reply #4436 on: November 08, 2019, 11:22:27 AM »
Personally I'd never do a tour. Renting a car is a must.

I'd also do the West Maui loop and sights over "horseback riding/cruise/luau"

Why 7 hours in Oahu? Couldn't get a better connection? Are you going to Pearl Harbor?
I did a tour of RTH. It was great, but decidedly different that driving it. You make stops but you don't go on any hikes or into any waterfalls.

My wife didn't have a license at the time and I didn't feel like I could both enjoy the road and also drive it (had we been able to split driving it may have been different). Now, we are both licenced and already saw the sights visable from the road, so I'd prioritize hikes should we return.

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Re: Maui Master Thread
« Reply #4437 on: November 08, 2019, 11:40:26 AM »
Been to Hawaii many times, lots of snorkel tours plus Snuba 3 or 4 times.  My absolute favorite was Snuba by Molokini. Pride of Maui and Four Winds are good choices (large boats). There may be others.
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« Reply #4438 on: November 08, 2019, 12:34:28 PM »
For a Luau, I couldn't find a kosher option but we had a great time watching from right outside the fence. The primary thing that you pay for is the food which isn't kosher so didn't feel it worth it to pay to be inside and not eat.

And also, Definitely rent a car to do RTH yourself.

Thats a good idea, Which luau did you see?
We hired a guide/driver for RTH, so we get to customize and choose where to stop, hike etc.

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« Reply #4439 on: November 08, 2019, 12:36:10 PM »
Personally I'd never do a tour. Renting a car is a must.

I'd also do the West Maui loop and sights over "horseback riding/cruise/luau"

Why 7 hours in Oahu? Couldn't get a better connection? Are you going to Pearl Harbor?

Anything specific on west maui?
Not planning on going to Pearl Harbor.