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Saturday, January 9, 2016

MOKULELE AIRLINES - HONOLULU TO KAPALUA

MOKULELE AIRLINES
P.O. BOX 4409
KAILUA KONA, HI  96745
808-495-4188
866-260-7070

No complaints flying from Honolulu to Kapalua Airport in West Maui via Mokulele.  While I am not a fan of small planes, the flights were surprisingly smooth and comfortable.  The only white knuckle moments are when you are on approach to Kapalua.  The winds sometimes can make the plane do crazy things and the landing can be a bit bumpy.  Our pilots did a fine job and the staff on the ground was friendly.  I used Mokulele because they are one of the only airlines that has a direct flight from Honolulu to Kapalua.  The alternative would be to fly into Kahului Airport on Hawaiian Air and then rent a car for the 45 minute drive to Kapalua.  I like flying directly into Kapalua where you are minutes from the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Kapalua Golf Course where we were going to watch the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.  Parking in Honolulu for Mokulele is great.  There is a large lot directly in front of the terminal.  The terminal is large and bright but very cold.  For some crazy reason they set the thermostats in the sixties.  The bar/restaurant in the commuter terminal does not open until 11:30 and there are no refreshments until then.  The flight from Honolulu to Kapalua is about 45 minutes and the views from the airplane are amazing.  Great way to see Hawaii.  Cost was around $200 round trip.  I used a single carryon bag so there was no additional fee for luggage.
I think this type of small airline has a place in Hawaii and is needed.  They just need to improve the customer service experience.

MOKULELE IS LOCATED IN THE COMMUTER TERMINAL NEXT TO HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT.  NICE SMALL TERMINAL WITH EASY ACCESS BUT THEY KEEP THE PLACE SO COLD.
BRING A JACKET IF YOU ARE STUCK IN THIS TERMINAL FOR A LAYOVER.  SUCKS THAT THE STATE OF HAWAII WASTES SO MUCH ENERGY IN THE AIRPORTS BY SETTING THE THERMOSTATS SO LOW
SMALL NINE SEAT CESSNA AIRCRAFT WITH SINGLE ENGINE AND TWO PILOTS
EVERY SEAT HAS A WINDOW AND HEADPHONES WITH MUSIC
APPROACHING ISLAND OF MAUI NEAR KAANAPALI
KAPALUA IS NEAR
KAPALUA AIRPORT
KAPALUA AIRPORT HAS GREAT VIEW AND IS ONLY MINUTES FROM KAPALUA
VISITING KAPALUA TO WATCH THE HYUNDAI TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS GOLF TOURNAMENT


































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