It is widely known that traveling to Hawaii is one of the most expensive flights out there, no matter where you are traveling from! If you are traveling from San Francisco, it is over a 5 hour flight. I would recommend buying your flight 3-4 months ahead of your intended travel. The main airport to fly into is Kahului (OGG), and is located near the middle of the island. We got the most amazing flight deal through Scott’s Cheap Flights for $110 roundtrip on Hawaiian Airlines!!! This is THE cheapest flight to Hawaii I have ever seen, as flights are normally $600 roundtrip. I recommend flying Hawaiian Airlines or United as those airlines always have non-stop flights that are reasonably priced. As always, I recommend searching flights on Skyscanner and Google Flights to monitor flight price fluctuations. For transportation, I would, however, opt for renting a car for the duration of your stay so you can have easier mobility around the island more efficiently. We rented a car through the airport and got a great deal for our time there: $300 for the trip! Check the airport rental car providers to see which one best suit your needs! Recommended vendors to check rates are: Budget, Avis, and Hertz.
Budget ahead of the trip: I suggest setting aside money each month leading up to your departure. It helps you feel more secure and allows you to enjoy your experience that much more because the money is already put aside for this purpose.
Listen to the (friendly) locals! there will be people heckling you to buy their products or invite you to their restaurants, and for those people it is completely ok to decline their offers. However, for the friendly and welcoming people who are native to the area, listen to their recommendations! They know the area better than any short-term visitor ever will, and they will have a lot of wisdom to impart!
Protect your skin: As we know, heat rays have lasting negative effects on skin. Protect skin with ample sunnscreen and re-apply often! Target has perfect travel size containers, and I recommend bringing 2-3 bottles for your trip. Along with sunscreen, bring bug spray! I have bad luck with bugs and every country I visit there is a bug that is out to get me. I now know that it is a MUST to bring a few bottles of bug spray to avoid huge welts.
What to Do in a residential part of town: Haiku
Colleen’s: We came here for a late breakfast on a day where the weather wasn’t great. It is a classic diner style vibe which felt very cozy. The food was classic American style. No reservations required!
Nuka: This is a sushi restaurant in the area that is known for their creative rolls! We did not get to dine here, but we heard amazing things about the menu selection!
Where to Do in a bustling resort section of town: Wailea
Makena Beach: This was my favorite beach we went to during our stay! The waves, water temperature, and sand were all perfect and I wanted to swim for hours! There is plenty of parking along the street and there is a dedicated parking lot as well!
Monkey Pod: This is a great place for happy hour! The signature Mai Tai’s are the most popular item on the menu, and they have great appetizers as well! I suggest arriving right at 3pm as there is a line that forms to get in once happy hour starts!
Maui Winery: Maui’s one and only winery! The grounds are gorgeous and the wines were unique and refreshing! They offer standard flights and stand-alone pours! Reservations are required, and taken through Resy. Book here.
I hope you enjoyed my post and found it helpful for your upcoming trip! Please comment thoughts and questions below, and share with your friends and family! Thank you for your continued support!