717atOGG wrote:I don't have much advice, but I hope this helps. I've been to Hawaii twice with my family, once in Summer 2014 and once in Summer 2015. I'm going again in December. I've gone to Maui for the two trips and Kauai for this coming trip. I recommend HA, we've taken them for both trips, and they have mood lighting, free wine (even though I am underage, I remembered they offered red and white wine) and free meals in Y, plus AVOD. I flew them on SEA-HNL-OGG-SEA on the first trip and nonstop going back. The lone 717 flight was very short, but nice. They offered POG, and then descended. A good routing would be on HA and B6 because they have a codeshare. Some ideas are to fly into HNL, then connect from there to an island. In order to get to HNL, I think that BOS-JFK-HNL or BOS-LAX-HNL would work. If you stay overnight, then OAK, SJC, PDX, SMF, SEA, SAN, and PHX become connecting options. I don't have very much advice outside of Maui, but on Maui I recommend snorkeling at Molokini, the road to Hana, the Haleakala sunrise tour, the Maui Ocean Center, and the Iao Valley State Monumemt. Hope this helps.
DocLightning wrote:Maui is a great island. Not as congested as Oahu OR Kauai (Kauai thinks it's tiny, and it is...but because there is just a two-lane road running around the island it's non-stop traffic jam). It's more cosmopolitan than Kauai without being full of the Waikiki crowd like Oahu. Maui also has the best whale watching, surfing, and snorkeling.
The Big Island is basically two islands. One side is wet and green and one side is dry and brown. If you're a space geek, then go to the observatories on top of Mauna Kea.
As far as routing and airlines, HA has some free food and currently only operates widebodies to the mainland. That said, they don't have many stops on the east coast. UA has WiFi on the overwater portion. From BOS a connection at SFO vs. LAX isn't going to make much difference so just take the route you like with the airline you like.
lahaina wrote:I would take BOS-JFK on Jet Blue, and JFK-HNL on HA. I did this in May. The service was very good.
If this is your first time in Hawaii, you may want to consider taking the interisland cruise. This way, you save on hotel and get a taste of each island. Next time when you come, you would know which island suits you the best and can spend more time on that island.
CARST wrote:If you play Golf, go to O'ahu at least one day and play Ko'olau Golf Club. The worlds most difficult course. They have a hall of fame for players who've not lost a ball playing a round there. The course is in the middle of the jungle in the mountains North of Honolulu.
It really depends on what you want.
I visited Oahu and Maui, and Oahu is my favorite island hands down.
The beaches are superb. Don't miss the Western and Northern beaches (in particular Waimea Bay and Lanikai Beach).
Of course, don't miss Hanauma Bay.
You may also visit the Polynesian cultural center, Dole Plantation, Pearl Harbour...
You have also some shopping, tons of restaurant and bars, and the mythic Waikiki.
As for the airline, I would recommend HA.
Hope this helps
TWA757 wrote:any standout vegetarian/vegan food, etc.
n901wa wrote:or Delta to JFK, and then on Hawaiian A330-200 to HNL.
TWA757 wrote:Thinking about planning a trip to Hawaii (never been). Looking for advice on the following:
-suggested airlines and routing for catching widebodies (we live near BOS)
-best island(s) assuming a trip of about a week
-what you really recommend doing, i.e. resorts, activities, any standout vegetarian/vegan food, etc.
-is there an off-season (to avoid crowds) or best time to go in general?
TWA757 wrote:FBWFTW wrote:Came across this thread a bit late and being from BOS, I wanted to toss in some advice for you.
Thanks so much -- this is super helpful! I think I'm sold on flying HA! Really appreciate all the time you put in to respond.
n901wa wrote:Hi TWA757. I would go BOS to ATL or SLC or LAX and pick up a A330-300 or 767ER to HNL on Delta or Delta to JFK, and then on Hawaiian A330-200 to HNL.
I would recommend Oahu for your first Visit. For 1 week some of the other Islands get a little slow. At least on Oahu, you could go to the Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri, Pacific aviation Museum , The Air Museum at Barbers Point, The Army Museum at Fort Derussy, Punchbowl, swim at Hanauma Bay, Go out to the North shore, and get some shave ice at Matsumoto's, Hike up Diamond Head, Visit the Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum, Hawaii Plantation Museum, Ghost tours. Forgot the Polynesian Cultural Center. etc... Also Oahu has the best beaches ( Not because I'm from there well maybe ) But some of the other Islands have more Rocky Beaches.
If you do go to Oahu, I like to stay at the Ala Moana Hotel. ( or with my Family, but that might be Hard ) Its right across the street from Ala Moana Park, and Beach. I would wake up early walk across the street and go for a swim and its attached to Ala Moana Mall. Just enough away from Waki Waki (Waikiki).
Hope this can help.
DaveFly wrote:Great comments above. I am also visiting for the fourth time (within four years) very soon. I always go to Hawaii with at least one of my children. I've been to the four major islands. Each one spectacular in its own way. Oahu has some major tourist/historical attractions. Maui has the beautiful beaches, the road to Hana, Haleakala. The Big Island has Mauna Kea, the volcanoes, the northern cattle region. Kauai has so many outdoor activities like ATVs, catamarans, helicopter tours, hiking, horseback riding. I really can't pick a favorite, they're all great. Since I live in New York, I just take the HA nonstop from JFK. It's a great airline, with meals, good service. Then I hop one of the HA 717s in HNL to the other islands. Stress-free.
DaveFly wrote:You wouldn't happen to have your HA51/50 takeoff and landing videos up on YouTube would you?
Yes, in fact I do!
Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe
Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days
Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit
Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior
Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft
Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials
Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions
Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin
Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon
Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos
Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft
Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries
Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground
Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos