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About Mokulele Airlines


Mokulele Airlines is Hawaii's number one inter island airline island with daily flights to 5 Hawaiian islands, alongside flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Imperial County Airport.

The airline operates from the US state of Hawaii and based in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Mokulele Airlines, which began the first commercial operation out of Kalaeloa Airport with great fanfare just over two years ago, has pulled the plug on the short-lived experiment after continuing losses.

The state’s third-largest airline, which operates nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravan turboprops, operated its last flight out of the West Oahu airport on Sept. 6. At the time it shut down, the airline was flying four flights a day from Kalaeloa to Hoolehua, Molokai, with a connection to Kahului, Maui, along with the return legs of those flights.


The airline originally flew four flights a day from Kalaeloa to Hoolehua, Molokai, with a connection to Kahului, Maui, along with the return legs of those flights.

Mokulele still operates out of Honolulu International Airport as well as seven other airports around the state: Kona and Kamuela/Waimea on Hawaii island; Kapalua, Hana and Kahului on Maui; and Hoolehua and Kalaupapa on Molokai.

Now, with its new service in Santa Maria, the airline will offer four daily flights to LAX.





Mokulele Airlines Baggage

Carry-on Baggage

Carry-on baggage is subject to a maximum outside dimention of 22" width x 14" height x 9" length and a maximum weight of 15lbs.

Checked Baggage

The maximum outside dimensions for checked items is 30" width x 15" height x 45" length and a maximum weight of 70kbs.

Surfboards, fishing poles. and other irregular shaped items longer than 6ft  8 inches will not be accepted.



Mokulele Airlines Frequent Flyer Program

Mokulele Airlines offers a frequent flyer program called 'Imi Loa to reward its passengers for travelling with the airline.

No matter which island you choose, or whatever activities and destinations call to you, Mokulele Airlines is your ticket to explore many of the most remarkable places on earth all within 45 minutes of each other.



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Mokulele Airlines News

29th June 2018

Mokulele Airlines announce Volcano tours!

Molukulele airlines have announced that they will now offer air tours of the Big Island volcanoes and the picturesque region of Molokai. Don't worry about the noise though! Mokulele will provide you with noise-cancelling headphones. 



23rd May 2018

State to rename and renumber gates and baggage claims at HNL

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has decided to rename and renumber all the gates and all the baggage claim areas at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. 

The project, to prepare for expansion of the airport, will require the manufacture of 3,100 signs, the first time signage has been updated in more than 25 years.

The current gate numbers, which rise east to west from the domestic terminal to the international terminal to the interisland terminal, will be replaced with A1, A2 and so on on the interisland sign, with new sequences starting with B (a future gate area), C (where Hawaiian has many of its transpacific flights), and so on, up to G and H at a future Terminal 3.

“The new numbering and identification coincides with our efforts to modernize HNL and make our signage more consistent with other airports," said Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay, in a statement. "Ultimately it will make the entire facility more efficient and user friendly, while allowing for future expansion."

Baggage claim areas will shed their letter designations in favor of simple numbers, again starting on the interisland side.

Numbers are reserved for future expansion.

Also, the interisland terminal will be identified as Terminal 1 (Hawaiian Airlines), overseas terminal as Terminal 2 (all other islands) and the commuter terminal as Terminal 3 (Mokulele Airlines). Terminal 3 will be located on the Diamond Head side of the airport.

New digital signs will also be installed over roadways, directing people the airline lobbies and check-in counters.

“The new signs will help the traveling public navigate the airport more effectively and is a precursor for future improvements, while giving the airport a fresh new look,” said Blaine Miyasato, co-chair of the Airlines Committee Hawaii, in a statement. “During the transition, airline and airport employees will direct passengers to their respective gates and baggage claim areas to ensure a smooth transition.”

The new numbering system will be implemented on June 1, 2018.




3rd April 2018

Hawaii's Mokulele Airlines announces pilot program with SkyWest Airlines

Mokulele Air has announced a new agreement with SkyWest Airlines, allowing their current pilots a direct pathway to SkyWest Airlines. Both airlines will provide a pathway for more pilots to take control of their aviation careers. As part of the agreement, Mokulele pilots will enjoy all the benefits of SkyWest’s Pilot Pathway Program, including mentorships, access to company facilities, training and more. There are multiple benefits to this new partnerships, including enhanced seniority, guaranteed final interview and access to pilot mentors.



29 January 2018

Hawaii's Mokulele Airlines sets up Lanai Air brand

Mokulele Airlines has established a new passenger charter brand, Lanai Air under which its previously announced PC-12 operations are being conducted. The Pilatus Aircraft are used to run flexible daily charter flights between Honolulu and Lanai City, Maui, where passengers are then transferred to the Four Seasons Resort in Lanai. The service is operated in conjunction with Four Seasons Resorts and is intended to allow clients to enjoy stress-free travel by by-passing lengthy airport and TSA queues. 


22nd November 2017

Essential air service flights at Kamuela, Hawaii axed

Mokulele Airlines (MW, Kona) will cease essential air services (EAS) between Kamuela and Kahului, Hawaii after the local community and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) failed to agree on cost-sharing.

The current four-year contract, valued at USD1.76 million per annum, ended on September 30, 2017. 

Mokulele Airlines proposed to continue the existing level of service, consisting of twelve round trips per week, using nine-seat Cessna (single turboprop) Grand Caravan 208B aircraft, for a total four-year subsidy of USD1.59 million.

The contract will not be signed since the DOT failed to reach an agreement with the local community over cost sharing. According to the EAS rules first implemented in 2015, the community has to participate in EAS costs if the airport is located less than 40 miles from the nearest hub. Kamuela is less than 31 miles from Kona. 

At first, the State of Hawaii was willing to cover 5% of the EAS cost, but it proposed to use airport revenues for this purpose, according to the official DOT file. Since it would be illegal to source the money from airport revenues, the state withdrew its proposal. The local community only offered USD500, far less than the DOT expected. 

The DOT first extended the EAS contract through October 31, 2017, and more recently through January 15, 2018, to avoid travel disruption during the busy holiday period. According to the ch-aviation schedules module, Mokulele Airlines is the sole operator at Kamuela. After January 15, 2018, the airport will not have a single scheduled service.


Source: ch-aviation




22nd September 2017

Mokulele Airlines moves from LAX to Hollywood Burbank Airport, will begin service in October

On Oct. 3, Hawaii-based carrier Mokulele Airlines will begin its operations at Hollywood Burbank, offering two daily flights to Santa Maria Public Airport Monday through Friday as well as one weekend flight, said Madeleine Zavala, manager of business and property for the local airfield, during a meeting of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Monday.

Mokulele launched in 1994 as an inter-island airline service in Hawaii. In 2016, it expanded its service to California, offering flights to Imperial County and Santa Maria out of Los Angeles International Airport.

As of next month, the airline will discontinue its LAX-to-Santa Maria service and move its operations to Terminal B at Hollywood Burbank. Mokulele will use its nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravan airplanes to make trips to the Central Coast. Each of Mokulele’s flights will have two pilots, Zavala said.

Rob McKinney, president of Mokulele, said the cost of operating out of LAX was becoming prohibitive and that having the airline’s own gate at an airport that large was not possible.

“Whereas in Burbank, we can afford our own gate, and we can control everything,” McKinney said. “We can provide a higher level of service.”

Also, the upcoming runway closures at LAX would have had a negative effect on Mokulele’s ability to get its planes up in the air on time, McKinney said.

The airline chose Hollywood Burbank over other airports in the region because of its partnership with Alaska Airlines and because many of its passengers tend to use Southwest Airlines for their connecting flights, McKinney said.

“As an airline, Mokulele runs … 94% on time, which I’m very prideful of,” he said. “LAX kind of brought that down, so Burbank is going to help us bring that back up to that same level of service that we have systemwide.”




October 2016

Mokulele will depart Santa Maria daily at 7:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Planes used will be significantly smaller than the ones used by United. While United offered service on 50-seat jets, Mokulele flies nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravans. Mokulele Airlines is growing its operations as it begins service in California. The airline will offer daily flights within California to and from Imperial / El Centro and Los Angeles starting May 23.



March 2016

US Department (DOT) announced that Mokulele Airlines won the Essential Air Services (EAS) contract for El Centro Imperial Country.