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Well, this is timely…Kalaeloa Airport

This small news story comes right on the heels of my post on Interisland Travel!  USA Today is reporting based on an article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that people are missing Mokulele Airlines flights because they can’t find Kalaeloa Airport on Oahu.

The article states that better signage may be needed, since “there’s no airport sign on H-1 instructing drivers to turn off Exit 2 and head toward Kalaeloa.”

“And even if drivers negotiate that exit,” the Star-Advertiser continues, “the road to the airport constitutes a series of merges and turns through some unpopulated areas before reaching the facility.”

I can attest to this first-hand.  I used to work in Kapolei, off Exit 2.  When I first considered that job, I drove around the area looking for a specific daycare in Kalaeloa that I was considering for my son.  I was totally bewildered by the number of turns and railroad crossings I needed to negotiate in that Barbers Point area to get to the daycare.  I remember seeing just 1 sign for an airport, well off the beaten path, so it seems they haven’t added any since then.

I guess it’s just another reference to…

See what I did there?

See what I did there?

 

 

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Travel Guide- Hawaii Interisland Travel

So, you know I focus on traveling AWAY from Hawaii.  But I also want to help all of us Kama’aina get around the Islands as easily as possible.  When your next mainland trip is many months away, a short jaunt to see the sights and natural beauty of our Neighbor Islands can be a nice distraction.

As a bonus, sometimes when searching for award availability, it is easier to find seats on lesser known routes such as the aforementioned Lihue-Denver on United Airlines 🙂  It would be easy-peasy to hop over to Kauai for a low price or just a few thousand miles, and be able to connect to another award flight from there.

I sometimes get confused with all the interisland options, since there are so many per day.  I figured I’d get this all into 1 centralized location.  Here is a spreadsheet with information on travel time, travel distance, and which airlines service each Island airport, even the tiny ones.  There is also information on how many award miles you need to use for a one-way ticket.  A few details:

  • For simplicity, I only included nonstops between the given airports.  You can get to any island from any other with connections, of course.
  • Makani Kai Air operates from a small airfield outside of the airport due to their charter service, so there is no shuttle/parking at or to the HNL interisland terminal.  They don’t have a frequent flyer program, all commercial flights are a flat $50 each way.
  • Some of these flights have limited service, so check the schedules carefully using a range of dates.
  • I calculated the distances using the Great Circle Mapper.

The table was too big to post on here, so I made a handy Interisland Travel Google Sheet.  Anyone should be able to see it, and I can keep it updated, as surely things will change in the future.  Specifically, I know that Delta Airlines will have some system-wide award travel changes beginning January 1, 2015, so there might be changes in the way we can use Delta SkyMiles for Hawaiian Airlines flights.

Here are the web links for the various airlines offering interisland travel:


Happy island hopping!  Hope your plane isn’t made out of Legos!  Or has a pterodactyl leading the way!

Can this BE more Jurassic Park-y?

Can this BE more Jurassic Park-y?

 

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