Luxury Hawaii : Luxury Hawaii 2017
FAST FACTS GETTING THERE Hawaiian Airlines, Jetstar and Qantas fly from Australia to Hawai‘i. All three offer direct flights from Sydney, with Hawaiian Airlines flying from Brisbane and Jetstar the only airline to fly from Melbourne. Travellers from other states should book domestic flights to connect in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. Each international carrier has a domestic airline partnership which will allow you to check your luggage through from the domestic point of embarkation to Honolulu International Airport on the island of O‘ahu, where all international flights arrive. Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines also fly direct from Auckland to Honolulu. It’s easy to travel between the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiian Airlines has more than 160 inter-island flights per week. Island Air, Makani Kai Air and Mokulele Airlines also offer flights between the islands. WHEN TO GO In summer (May to October), the average daytime temperature at sea level is 29.4oC, while in winter (November to April) it is 25.6oC. At night, temperatures are around 12oC lower. November to March are the wettest months, but the rain tends to be localised with sunny spots usually found somewhere else on each island. During summer, showers are less frequent, often lasting only a few minutes. Peak season is from June to August, during the Hawaiian summer and long summer break for schools/universities in mainland USA. The Christmas and New Year period from mid-December to mid-January is also busy, as well as April and October The five major airports are: Honolulu (HNL) on the island of O‘ahu; Hilo (ITO) and Kona (KOA) on Hawai‘i Island; Kahului (OGG) on the island of Maui; Līhuʻe (LIH) on the island of Kaua‘i. Smaller airports include: Kapalua (JHM) and Hāna (HNM) on Maui; Waimea-Kohala (MUE) on Hawai‘i Island; Moloka‘i (MKK) and Kalaupapa (LUP) on the island of Molokaʻi; Lānaʻi (LYN) on the island of Lānaʻi. Flight times from Honolulu International Airport (HNL), O‘ahu to: Līhu‘e Airport (LIH) Kaua‘i 30 min Kahului Airport (OGG) Maui 30 min Moloka‘i Airport (MKK) 25 min Lāna‘i Airport (LNY) 25 min Hilo International Airport (ITO) Hawai‘i Island 50 min Kona International Airport (KOA) Hawai‘i Island 45 min A ferry also operates daily to and from Lāhainā on Maui to Lāna‘i (one hour). VISA REQUIREMENTS Under the USA’s Visa Waiver Program, Australian holidaymakers are eligible to JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 27 27 27 29 29 31 31 32 32 31 29 27 19 19 20 21 22 23 23 24 23 23 22 22 AV HIGH AV LOW AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ACROSS HAWAI‘I travel via the ‘Electronic System for Travel Authorization’ (ESTA) system. They must apply in advance and a fee of US$14 applies to new applications and renewals. See cbp.gov/esta GETTING AROUND Taxis are available at airports and key tourist spots. Credit cards are not commonly accepted and long cab rides can be costly. Taxis charge around US$45 for the half-hour drive from Honolulu International Airport to Waikīkī. Rideshare services Uber and Lyft are also active in Hawai‘i. Shuttle buses also operate between airports and hotels and resorts, and between resorts and nearby shopping precincts in key tourist resorts. Some are free, while others charge a small fee. Check with your hotel concierge for details. ‘TheBus’ and Waikiki Trolley are easy, fun and affordable ways to travel around Waikīkī and Honolulu on O‘ahu. With little to no public transport on other islands, a hire car, or a combination of hire car and tours, is recommended. Most major roads are well-maintained and some car hire companies offer free shuttles for customers picking up vehicles. Travellers from Australia and New Zealand do not require an international driver’s licence. In some cases, drivers will need to be more than 25 years of age and have a major credit card. It’s advisable to book car hire before you leave home. Remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road. Motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles are also available for hire. during the Australian and New Zealand school holidays. It may be harder to find accommodation during these times, so book early. It’s usually easier to find affordable accommodation and flights during shoulder season, from March to May and September to November. 32 LUXURY HAWAI‘I The Hawaiian Islands: Fast Facts Hawaiian Airlines offers lie flat beds in its new premium cabin.