Airports in Hawaii
Hawaii, the archipelago in the Pacific Ocean and the most recent of the American states consists of 8 main islands and a large number of inhabited islets. The main islands are. Hawai’i, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Nihhau and Kahoolawe. See map of Hawaii.
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The archipelago, visited every year by approximately 7 million of tourists, is served by 7 major airports, 5 of which offer international routes. Below is the list of the most important airports of Hawaii.
Honolulu Airport (NHL) – Oahu Island
Although only the third largest of all the Hawaiian islands, Oahu is without a doubt the most popular amongst visitors to Hawaii and the most populated. Oahu is home to the archipelago/state capital, Honolulu and to a number of unique landmarks of the Hawaii, amongst them Pearl Harbour, Waikiki Beach and the North Shore - the birthplace of surf.
Hawaii’s main airport is also located on Oahu Island.
Honolulu international Airport -NHL serves a variety international routes, including destinations in Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea. Regular flights are available to major mainland USA airports as well as to the other islands of the archipelago.
Kahului Airport (OGG) – Maui Island
The second largest of the Hawaii is often referred to as the Valley Island, due to its characteristic landscapes of mountain ranges and valleys. Haleakala, a massive crater of a dormant volcano is on of Maui’s major attractions, along with excellent whale watching locations, as for example Lahaina.
Kahului International Airport – OGG, is located east of Maui’s largest town, Kahului. International routes are available to Canada.
Kahului Airport is the second largest in the Hawaii.
Kona Airport (KOA) – Hawai’i Island
Hawai’i, the largest island of the archipelago is served by two airports. Kona International Airport- KOA, located on the western coast of Hawai’i operates domestic flights (inter-islands and to mainland USA) as well as routes to Vancouver in Canada.
Because of its considerable size, Hawai’i is often referred to as ‘Big Island’. With over 4.000 square miles it is the largest island of the United States. The island’s many natural wonders include the Kilauea and Maunaloa volcanos, rainforest reserves, botanical parks and many splendid beaches.
Lihue Airport (LIH) – Kauai Island
The ‘Garden Island’, Kauai, is known for its lush tropical vegetation and paradisiac settings featuring epic waterfalls (Waialeale, the Secret Falls, Hanakapiai and the Waipoo Falls, just to mention some). The towering cliffs of the Napali Coast, oh Kauai’s north coast are one of the island’s most iconic sights.
Lihue Airport, the fourth busiest in the Hawaii, is located on the southeastern coast of Kauai Island. Vancouver is the only international destination served.
Hilo International Airport (ITO) – Hawai’i Island
Located opposite from Kona Airport, on the eastern coast of Hawai’i, Hilo Airport serves the island’s capital. Despite the official name, Hilo Airport serves mostly flights on domestic routes (inter-islands and to mainland USA).
Molokai Airport (MKK) – Molokai Island
The fifth largest island of the Hawaii, Molokai is a laid back, quiet location, unchanged by the demands of mass tourism. There are no traffic lights on whole of the islands and the locals go on about their lives with the same peace and tranquillity as their ancestors did. Apart from Kaunakakai, the island’s main town, Kalaupapa National Historical Park and Halawa Valley are amongst the main highlights of Molokai.
The island is served by a small regional airport, Molokai Airport -MKK, which serves mostly inter-island flights.
Lanai Airport (LNY) – Lanai Island
Apart from the main settlement, Lanai City and a few luxury resorts, a large part of Lanai island remains underdeveloped and uninhabited. The island, which in the past was known for a large pineapple plantation is connected to other Hawaii islands via Lanai Airport – LNY, operating routes to other Hawaiian airports.