If your trip to Maui is coming up soon, we know you’re in the process of packing, making plans, researching tours and activities, and so much more! While you may have every day of your vacation scheduled out, don’t forget your arrival day! Here are some tips to make sure your plans go smoothly from the very moment you first step onto the Valley Isle:

Know Your Airport

While the vast, vast majority of flights from both inter-island and mainland destinations will land at Kahului Airport (OGG), a select few smaller, inter-island flights might just land at Kapalua Airport (JHM). Make sure you know where you’re heading into!


If you’ll be landing around a meal-time, or if you’re anticipating the in-flight food to be not so great, you might want to research some dining spots that are on the way to your destination, so you won’t be stuck with drive-thru—unless that’s your preference, of course! Guests heading to Wailea resorts might consider a breakfast or lunch stop at Nalu’s South Shore Grill, or may wish to kick off their vacation with Happy Hour at Monkeypod Kitchen. Heading to the West Side? Grab breakfast or lunch at Leoda’s in Olowalu, or stop by Kaanapali’s Sangrita for some tasty appetizers and beverages!

Map it out!

If you’re planning to use your phone’s GPS when you arrive to make your way to your accommodations, keep in mind that things happen, and you might not have it available when you need it most! Before you leave, hop on Google Maps and print out (yes, we’re going old school) a map or directions to your hotel or resort. This will also give you a good idea as to how much time it’ll take to get to where you’re staying!

Stock Up

If you’re staying in a condo with a full kitchen, or you just like to have your favorite snacks on hand for a fun hotel-room movie night, stop by Costco, Walmart, or Target near the airport for everything you need—and everything you might have forgotten!

Checking in?

If you’re not sure, call your hotel before you arrive and ask what time check-in is. More than likely, even if you arrive before check-in time, they can store your luggage, park your car, and allow you to use the pools and facilities before you get settled in your room. Have a tote-bag or backpack handy with swimsuits, sunscreen, and your wallet, so you’ll be ready to relax and take a dip, without having to scramble around in your luggage!

A perfect Maui vacation begins when your plane touches down on the runway, so be ready to enjoy it from the fullest as soon as you get here! A hui hou!