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Sunday, January 11, 2015

MOKULELE AIRLINES - HONOLULU TO KAPALUA

MOKULELE AIRLINES
HONOLULU TO KAPALUA, MAUI

MOKULELE AIRLINES
73-350 U'U STREET
KAILUA KONA, HI  96740
1-866-260-7070 Reservations
EMAIL: customercare@mokuleleairlines.com

I normally fly Hawaiian Airlines to Kahului, Maui and then drive the 40 minute drive to Kapalua.  With limited time on this trip I decided to book Mokulele Airlines because they have direct flights from Honolulu to Kapalua.  Kapalua is on the West side of Maui North of Lahaina and Kaanapali.  
When flying Mokulele out of Honolulu you check in at the Honolulu Airport Commuter Terminal which is adjacent to the Main Terminal. The Commuter Terminal has its own parking lot which is very convenient.  Once you park your car, check in is a breeze as at the Commuter Terminal because there are usually little or no lines and security clearance while thorough is pretty quick.  Once thing you need to do on Mokulele is declare your weight.  In Kapalua they actually place you and your bags on a scale and get the actual weight in case you lied about a few extra pounds.  There is little communication between the airline and the passengers while you wait for your flight.  A quick PA announcement and then a airline representative appears and announces your name.  Each passenger is assigned a row based on weight balance for the aircraft.  Mokulele flies 9 seat Cessna Grand Caravan's which are small twin prop planes with a crew of two.  The Co-Pilot greets you at the door and then pops his head out of the cockpit to give you safety instructions.  The preflight check is quick and then you are in the air.  We flew on a clear and sunny day so the flight was smooth both ways.  The flight takes around 45 minutes and the views are amazing.  Flying these small planes can make me feel uneasy when it gets bumpy but our flights and landings were really smooth.  I took in the sights and enjoyed the ride on Mokulele.  

MOKULELE AIRLINES AT HONOLULU AIRPORT COMMUTER TERMINAL
WALK ACROSS THE TARMAC TO YOUR 9 SEAT CESSNA AIRCRAFT
THE CO-PILOT GIVES US SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE COCKPIT
LEAVING HONOLULU ON MOKULELE
LOOKING BACK AT HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
HONOLULU AIPORT REEF RUNWAY
NICE VIEW OF OAHU COUNTRY CLUB WHERE I OCCASIONALLY GOLF
MAGIC ISLAND AND ALA MOANA BEACH PARK
HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE
BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF WAIKIKI
WAIKIKI BEACH
KAPIOLANI PARK AND DIAMOND HEAD
DIAMOND HEAD CRATER
REEFS WERE AMAZING

THE WHITE DOT IS A WHALE THAT JUST BREACHED
LARGE WINDOWS IN THE MOKULELE CESSNA 
ARRIVING IN KAPALUA
GREAT VIEWS OF KAANAPLAI RESORT
GREAT WEATHER HELPED THE VIEWS AND LANDING
KAPALUA AIRPORT
ARRIVED SAFELY IN KAPALUA
KAPALUA AIRPORT HAS GREAT VIEWS
PROBABLY ONE OF THE PRETTIEST AIRPORTS IN AMERICA
AVOID THE LINES AND CROWDS AND FLY DIRECT TO KAPALUA
CHECK IN IN KAPALUA - GET READ TO STEP ON THE SCALE
MAP IN TERMINAL SHOWS MAUI, LANAI AND MOLOKAI
WAITING AREA AT KAPALUA AIRPORT
KAPALUA AIRPORT IS VERY SMALL AND VERY LAID BACK
BOARDING OUR FLIGHT BACK TO HONOLULU
PLANE WAS FAIRLY NEW AND COMFORTABLE
DEPARTING KAPALUA






















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