Hawaiian Airlines has commenced new flights to Maui with service to Kapalua effective March 1, 2017. There are four flights daily between Kapalua and Honolulu and two flights between Kapalua and Kahului Maui. Tickets are available on the Hawaiian Airlines website starting at $49 each way from Kahului. Included at that special price is travel from now through January 2018, including some summer, Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday dates.
“Kapalua Airport has played an integral part in our company’s history, and we are delighted to restart service on the 30th anniversary of Hawaiian’s first flight to West Maui as we continue serving the travel needs of our community” — Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Air Exec. VP.
Flights are being operated using Ohana by Hawaiian ATR-42 turboprop aircraft carrying 48 passengers. Beat of Hawaii notes, however, that rental cars at this airport can run up to $100 more per week. Will that be a deal breaker for you or does the convenience of Kapalua outweigh that?
The inaugural flight yesterday took place on a rainy Maui day, exactly 30 years following the airport’s opening. West Maui Airport, just six miles north of Lahaina, is ideally located for passengers wanting to avoid the drive from Kahului. It’s code letters, JHM stands for John Henry Magoon, prior president of Hawaiian Airlines, which developed the airport in the 1980’s. Magoon’s family took part in yesterday’s inaugural celebration.
Hawaiian Airlines joins Mokulele Airlines, which also flies to Kapalua from both Honolulu and Kona.
The advantage of Kapalua is that it brings visitors very near iconic West Maui resorts. The area was originally developed in the 1960’s starting with the Kaanapali Beach Resort, located just north of historic whaling town Lahaina. Many major resorts and condos now line West Maui’s shores. In earlier times, the area was a retreat for Hawaiian royalty as well as the capitol of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.