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-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 #345 on: July 05, 2013, 06:53:54 PM »
If I can get a priceline rate of about $195 for a 4 star in Wailea area (would be one of these two I think
 http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g609129-d89973-Reviews-Wailea_Beach_Marriott_Resort_Spa-Wailea_Maui_Hawaii.html#REVIEWS
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Any real reason to burn 22k points a night in hyatt instead of these two? I value my UR points at about 1.8 or so....

I like Wailea better than Kaanapali, so I wouldn't burn 22k at the Hyatt.  Get the Fairmont card and stay at the Kea Lani for free. 

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« Reply #346 on: July 05, 2013, 06:55:06 PM »
I like Wailea better than Kaanapali, so I wouldn't burn 22k at the Hyatt.  Get the Fairmont card and stay at the Kea Lani for free. 
Trip is in 2 weeks... no time for that card...

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« Reply #347 on: July 05, 2013, 06:56:10 PM »
If you're diamond the Hyatt Regency gives a nice free kosher breakfast and has kosher meals you can eat in their restaurants.
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« Reply #348 on: July 05, 2013, 06:56:22 PM »
Trip is in 2 weeks... no time for that card...

Are you considering 22k x 2 = 44k for 4 nights at the Hyatt vs. paying $195 x 4?

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« Reply #349 on: July 05, 2013, 06:59:52 PM »
I recently had to choose between 5 nights in a suite at Sheraton Maui (96k starpoints) vs 5 nights in a suite at the Hyatt Regency (110k + suite upgrade) (btw I'm no longer diamond). 

It was a tough choice, but I chose the Sheraton for the beach.  I've stayed at plenty of nice hotels with pools, but it's the beach I want in Hawaii. 

Although I'm really looking forward to the final four nights of the trip at the Kea Lani. 

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« Reply #350 on: July 05, 2013, 07:23:56 PM »
Are you considering 22k x 2 = 44k for 4 nights at the Hyatt vs. paying $195 x 4?
I'm in for 4 nights so it would be 88k points. The way I value them it's cash equivalent at $1584. The HRM is currently selling night there for $265 which would mean I'd rather spend on the nights.
If you're diamond the Hyatt Regency gives a nice free kosher breakfast and has kosher meals you can eat in their restaurants.
I have access to someone else's Diamond account where I can move my UR to. I booked the GHK for the following week.
I'm thinking though about the area... any reason the Wailea Beach Marriott is so bad? Costco and Walmart is something I want access to but I can always make the drive or try to do the shopping straight from the airport. I might wind up in Makena Beach And Golf Resort but the hotel there is actually rated better then both the Wailea Beach Marriott and HRM....
Someone told me the Shliach in Maui told him it's been a pretty weak vacation season thus far... might be why I can get these great rates at this time. I managed to ping the hotel for $200 on priceline name your price (used a gift card of course so it isn't final). There is a 5% discount running on priceline and I might be able to get it for $190 ($185 failed)....

Thanks for all the help!!

EDIT: I should add in, anyone think either of these locations would give an issue keeping a suitcase/box in their freezer? Planning on bringing my own burner...

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Re: Maui Master Thread
« Reply #351 on: July 07, 2013, 06:25:31 PM »
Can anyone opine on what's better- Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons Maui?  Is there some truth to the breeze myths?  And kosher at either hotels?  TIA
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« Reply #352 on: July 09, 2013, 01:05:29 AM »
Both Kauai and Maui have a Costco and Walmart near the airport that carry these things for reasonable prices. 
How reasonable? Comparable to mainland prices? Still up in the air if I should buy here or just pick up a set in the costco in Maui...

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« Reply #353 on: July 09, 2013, 01:13:12 AM »
How reasonable? Comparable to mainland prices? Still up in the air if I should buy here or just pick up a set in the costco in Maui...

I don't know about mainland prices, but IIIRC sets were in the $25-45 range.

I also found the WalMart on Kauai cheaper than Costco in general.
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Re: Maui Master Thread
« Reply #354 on: July 09, 2013, 03:44:28 PM »
Can anyone opine on what's better- Ritz Carlton or Four Seasons Maui?  Is there some truth to the breeze myths?  And kosher at either hotels?  TIA

I didn't stay at either but visited both- Four seasons maui hand down. The beach is right outside the pool area(ritz is a few mins walk) and the service is unlike anything, I've ever seen. I'm sure the four seasons is more expensive though.

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« Reply #355 on: July 09, 2013, 03:53:33 PM »
I didn't stay at either but visited both- Four seasons maui hand down. The beach is right outside the pool area(ritz is a few mins walk) and the service is unlike anything, I've ever seen. I'm sure the four seasons is more expensive though.
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« Reply #356 on: July 09, 2013, 05:35:51 PM »
So here is my Maui schedule so far, what do I need to add? Any amazing hikes/activities I don't know about?

Friday - Haleakala on horseback

Shabbos at chabad of Maui

Sunday Whale watching tour, surfing, downtown Lahaina at night

Monday - the road to hana (maybe drive up Haleakala for a sunset/sunrise.)

Tuesday - snorkeling south of Wailea in the morning, Wailea Beach

Wednesday - the crater sunrise, snorkeling in Molokini

I'll be by the Shliach on Thursday and Friday night, Hyatt Regenct Motzoei Shabbos and Sunday, Fairmont Monday and Tuesday night, Flying to LIH on Wed night.
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« Reply #357 on: July 09, 2013, 06:10:10 PM »
Monday - the road to hana (maybe drive up Haleakala for a sunset/sunrise.)
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« Reply #358 on: July 09, 2013, 06:17:51 PM »
Lol, you're funny.  It's 1 or the other.
I'm still working all this out. I have the app and the forum, whenever I see something I like I write it down, now I'm trying to google map it all into place.
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« Reply #359 on: July 09, 2013, 06:21:12 PM »
You're also missing the awesome Nakalele blowhole and Olivine Pools.
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