Maui Travel Tips
Getting to Maui
Kahului Airport (OGG) is Maui’s main airport. There are two smaller commuter airports as well: Kapalua Airport (JHM) in West Maui and Hana Airport (HNM) in East Maui. Many airlines offer non-stop flights direct to Maui. You may also fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu before heading to Maui on a short, 30-minute flight. There is also daily ferry service to and from the nearby islands of Lanai and Molokai.
Major airlines flying from New Zealand to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu include Air New Zealand (non-stop) and Air Pacific (via Nadi). From Oahu, it’s a short, 30-minute flight to Maui. Kahului Airport (OGG) is Maui’s main airport. There are two smaller commuter airports as well: Kapalua Airport (JHM) in West Maui and Hana Airport (HNM) in East Maui. There is also daily ferry service to and from the nearby islands of Lanai and Molokai.
Airport Travel Tips
• Check-in baggage is limited to 2 pieces per person.
• Carry-on baggage is limited to one piece, along with one personal item such as a laptop computer bag, a purse, a briefcase, a camera, etc.
• Be careful not to have overweight baggage; US weight restrictions when flying domestically are 22.5 kilograms, or 31 kilograms when flying internationally. The flight from the continental US to Hawaii is a domestic flight.
• Hang identification tags on your baggage and attach an identifying label to your laptop.
• When departing from Hawaii, all baggage must first pass through Agriculture Quarantine before proceeding to the airline counter for check-in. It is best not to bring fruit or other plants, unless you show proof that you are allowed to export them. Without proof, fruits, vegetables and plants will not clear Customs and will be confiscated.
• Once you check-in for your flight, you must go through a security scan. You must have your boarding pass and identification or passport ready.
• Follow the recommended airport arrival and boarding time given by your airline or travel agency. It’s always best to arrive at the airport early.
Staying on Maui
There is a wide range of accommodation on Maui, including high-end resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and rentals. You’ll find resorts and hotels in Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina, Kihei, Makena and Wailea on Maui’s sunny western coast as well as one resort in Hana in east Maui.
Any time of year is a good time to visit Maui. The average temperature here is between 23˚-29˚ C. Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side and wetter on the eastern (windward) side.
Travelling on Maui
You can get around Maui by shuttle, tour bus, taxi, or by public transport. But to really experience all that Maui offers you should consider reserving a rental car in advance from the Kahului or Kapalua Airport.
Hawaii’s currency is the US dollar. You can exchange currency at Kahului Airport (OGG), at the other major neighbouring island airports, and at resort destinations. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are plentiful. Travellers cheques are accepted at many businesses.
What to Pack
It's warm in Hawaii, so pack your summer attire. You may want to bring a jacket or jumper for the evenings. Bring warmer clothes if you plan on visiting higher elevations like Haleakala National Park. Suits and ties are very rarely worn here. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing Hawaii's nightlife. You can buy an aloha shirt and jandals (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here.
US standards on tipping apply:
Restaurants: 15-20%. Check to see if “gratuity” is included for large parties
Bar: $0.50-$1 US per drink
Housekeeping: $1 US per bed, per night
Luggage porters: $1 US per bag
Doorman: $1 US for calling a taxi
Room Service: 10-15% of the total bill
Taxi: 15% of fare
The official languages of Hawaii are English and Hawaiian, although Hawaiian is not commonly spoken. Major resort areas often have customer service representatives who speak Japanese.
Internet and Electricity
Internet access is readily available in Hawaii. Electricity in the US is 120 volts (120 v) at 60 cycles (60 Hz) per second. If your device does not accept this voltage, you may need to purchase a voltage converter.
The US Department of Agriculture enforces strict rules regarding the exportation of uninspected plants and animals and requires a declaration form for each person arriving in Hawaii. When departing, your luggage must pass a pre-flight screening for uninspected fruits and plants. You are welcome to take inspected fresh flowers and fruits home. Items purchased at the airport or mailed home from local vendors are inspected for you.
Useful Phone Numbers and Links:
New Zealand Consulate: 1-808-595-2200
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808)
Ambulance/Police/Fire Department: 911
Maui Visitors Bureau: (808) 525-MAUI (6284)
Kahului Airport Visitor Information: (808) 872-3893
Marriage Licence and Civil Unions: (808) 586-4545
Hospitals: Maui Memorial Medical Center: (808) 244-9056, Hana Community Health Center: (808) 248-8294