Six different islands in Hawaii are open to tourism. Most beginners in planning a trip to one or more of an island that many issues relating with the exact place to go and how exactly to get there. This book answers these questions.
All interisland flights are through Hawaiian Airlines, Aloha Airlines or Island Air. The best prices usually through the website or through your mainland flight company.
Oahu is the transportation center in Hawaii. Most continental and international flights flying in the Honolulu International Airport (HNL). Travelers heading to another island that has to leave the plane and get on a flight between the islands to reach their final destination. The airport is situated on the outskirts of Honolulu, about a 20-minute ride from Waikiki, and about 45 minutes drive from the North Coast. There are no ferries from Oahu to any other island.
Maui has three airports. The main airport is Kahalui Airport (OGG), which allows direct flights from the U.S. West Coast inland. The drive from the airport to Kihei or Wailea is less than half an hour but may take an hour to Lahaina or Kaanapali. Much closer to the Lahaina area is Kapalua Airport (JHM) but you can only fly there from Honolulu. Hana (HNM) also has an airport if you do not want drive, but you take a very small plane. Check with Pacific Wings. You can normally find day ferries to Lanai Maui and Molokai.
The Big Island (named Hawaii, but called the Big Island to avoid confusion) has two airports, Hilo International Airport (ITO), and Keahole Airport (KOA). These two airports is a unit of 2.5 hours each. Hilo is closest to Honokaa, Kapoho, and Volcano. Keahole is in Kailua-Kona which is closest to all of Kona, Puako, Kohala, Waikoloa, and Waimea. There are direct flights from the mainland only to Keahole. There are ferries from the Big Island of any other island.
Kauai has one airport, Lihue Airport (LIH), in Lihue, and you can find direct flights from the mainland at some companies. Lihue is about halfway around the island – but a little closer to Poipu Princeville. There are ferries from Kauai to any other island.
Molokai has one airport, Molokai Airport (MKK) in central Molokai. Probably will to take a small plane, usually no more than places to 20. Island Air will fly in from Honolulu or Kahului. Small commercial vessels ferry from Maui to Molokai.
Lanai has one airport, Lanai Airport (LNY), near Lanai City. Lanai airport also only accepts small airplanes. Island Air will fly from Honolulu. Small commercial vessels ferry from Maui to Molokai.
In 2007 Hawaii Super Ferry should be operating between all the islands and is expected to revolutionize our face current inefficient systems and travel between islands. Until then, book your flight online and early.
Lisa lives on the Big Island of Hawaii and operates an online Hawaii travel guide at andHawaii.com
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