Flying to the small Kapalua airport on Maui

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We did something we never did before which was fly into Maui to the smaller Kapalua Airport. This is the smaller of two airports that are located on Maui and it’s up on the northwest side of the island. Only the smaller planes fly there so we took Island Air which seats about 80 people in their planes. I’ve always recommended flying in the smaller planes between islands for years now because it’s a great way to get a sightseeing experience as you fly over the islands.

On this hop you want to sit on the left side of the plane so it will be on your right side when you’re walking into the airplane. There’s no assigned seating so it’s best to get as close to the gate before boarding as possible so you’re one of the first people to walk on the plane. If you’re staying on the west side of the island in the Kaanapali Area is just very convenient because if you have to drive to Kaanapali from the larger Kahalui Airport it takes about 50 minutes as opposed to 10 minutes from Kapalua.

Here are some tips know if you are going to fly there:

  • Keep in mind that most planes fly Kahului it may be just unavoidable to fly in to the smaller airport.
  • Smaller airports usually cost a little more
  • You can rent cars, you need to use a courtesy phone in the lobby and from the airport lobby and when you return your car it must be before 5PM.
  • There is taxi service from the airport
  • no concession stand, broken vending machine

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