OK...I am vacationing on the Big Island in July...my concern is the Honolulu stop. I will have an hour and a half between arrival from Chicago and my second flight to Kona. I have never flown before and have no idea about baggage and everything. I have researched but I want travelers' points of view on this....I will be flying AA from CHI to HON and HA from HON to Kona...I read I can either claim my baggage at HON or let the airline move it to my departing plane?...Furthermore, I am debating having what would be checked baggage shipped vs. paying these outrageous fees, as if were being punished for taking things to help us enjoy our trip. Either way I would just like to make our "baggage" situation the easiest possible....any and all input would be greeeeeaaaatly appreciated!!! Thanks, and look out for me in Kona!!