It took forever to get to Hawaii. We left out of Tampa, Fl early in the morning and headed towards Atlanta. Once we got to Atlanta, I thought we would never make it to Hawaii. We were scheduled to fly to California and then off to Hawaii. We boarded the plane but never took off. We had to de-board the plane and had to wait for another plane. We knew if we waited too long we would miss our flight in California, so we waited in line and we were able to catch a direct flight to Hawaii. 9 hours long. I wasn't sure if my legs would allow me to sit that long. But finally, late into the night we made it to Hawaii. FYI on Lei's: in the movies you see everyone getting a lei, this is only if you have paid someone to buy you a lei or friends are picking you up. If you arrive, and no one knows you are coming to Hawaii, you will watch everyone else get a lei. Tiff and Greg were there to pick us up and I was so glad to see them, so tired, but yet not tired because I had taken so many sleeping pills to get me through the flight. Wanting to catch up, but needing to get to bed and unpack. Getting ready for the 1st day on the Island. Very excited to be back "home"
TIPS: RENT A CAR. Buy the book, Oahu Revealed and Maui Revealed. Follow his advice, he is very accurate! (We stayed with friends while on Oahu, so I have no suggestions for lodging here, but on Day 5 we found a Wonderful place to stay on Maui).
*I lived in Hawaii for 2 years, so some of my suggestions come from prior experience to this trip.