What Are the Main Modes of Transportation Used Between Maui and the Other Hawaiian Islands?

Hawaii is a most unique state, partly because it was once its own country. But unlike Texas, another former country, Hawaii is a series of islands that are disconnected. You can travel all 900 miles across Texas by flying or driving straight on the I-10. But getting around Hawai’i requires a little more planning, including plane travel.

Transportation Used Between Maui and the Other Hawaiian Islands

The entire state encompasses all 137 Pacific islands spread out through an area 1500 miles wide in the ocean. This includes the 8 main islands, including the island of Hawai’i, also called “Big Island” to avoid confusion with the state or the rest of the islands.

Is a trip to The Islands in your future? If you’re going from island to island, getting from Point A to Point B will be a big part of your plans once you arrive.

Air Travel

The most common inter-island travel is by air. It’s fast, easy, and gets you where you need to go on time. Dozens of flights connect the islands daily, starting early in the morning and ending mid-evening, with jet service also available to many places.

Hawaiian Airlines is the state’s major commercial airline, offering the most inter-island flights, as well as flights to and from the Mainland, Australia, and other destinations.

Mokulele Airlines is a smaller carrier that provides short, economical flights in between the islands. This island-hopper airline operates over 100 flights daily to and from:

  • Big Island (Island of Hawaii)
    • Hilo International Airport (ITO)
    • Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA)
  • Oahu – Daniel K. Inouye (Honolulu) International Airport (HNL)
  • Kauai – Lihue Airport (LIH)
  • Maui – Kahului Airport (OGG) or Kapalua-West Maui Airport (JHM)
  • Molokai – Molokai Airport (MKK)
  • Lanai – Lanai Airport (LNY)

Mokulele also boasts the newest fleet of aircrafts in the state, flying 9-passenger Cessna Grand Caravans with two pilots on board and state of the art flight technology.

Ferry Service

It seems odd that a state surrounded by the Pacific Ocean would be limited in ferryboat travel, but it does. The state has strict rules about the environmental impact of ferries around the Islands, so most of the ferry service is of the tourist type.

The only available passenger transit ferry exists between the islands of Maui, Lanai, and Lahaina, and the rides take about 45 minutes to an hour round trip and there are five departures every day. You should plan on arriving 30 minutes early for your trip. You can find more information here.

Make Hana Kai Maui Part Of Your Hawai’ian Adventure

Whether you’re just visiting Maui, or doing a full tour of the Islands, Hana Kai Maui’s comfortably designed beachfront condos on Waikaloa Beach are a quiet, relaxing stay while on the island of Maui. Hana Kai Maui is both a journey and a destination for a night, a weekend, or longer.

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