Mokulele Airlines is a commuter airline based in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The airline flies between the Hawaiian islands, offering flights to nearly 10 destinations overall.
The airline was launched in 1994 under the name Mokulele Flight Service but has rebranded three times since then. It first rebranded as Mokulele Airlines, then it rebranded as go! Mokulele in 2009, until most recently, the airline rebranded as the 'new' Mokulele Airlines, which is what it's known as today.
In 2019, the airline was acquired by Southern Airways Express. However, it still operates as a separate airline offering flights throughout Hawaii, with the Mokulele Airlines name attached. The airline is generally regarded as one of the top choices for island hopping around Hawaii via flight.
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Mokulele Airlines operates flights to a number of destinations across Hawaii, including Hana, Ho'olehua, Honolulu, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Kalaupapa, Kapalua, Lanai City, Waimea. Here's a full list of the destinations and each airport:
Carry-on baggage is subject to a maximum outside dimension of 22" width x 14" height x 9" length and a maximum weight of 15lbs.
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.
As the airline uses small, regional planes, it only has one cabin class. This cabin offers more space compared to the standard class cabins that larger airlines offer and is more similar to the experience of a private charter flight than a typical scheduled flight from a larger airline. Although no food or in-flight entertainment is available during the flight, each flight boasts scenic views of the beautiful Hawaiian islands out of the aircraft's large windows.
Each seat comes with its own air vent and reading light. Seatback pockets offer storage for small items. Under-seat storage is extremely limited, so carry-on items will need to be gate checked.
The cabin has air-con and is climate controlled for passenger comfort, to help keep you cool during Hawaii’s hot summers.
The airline offers 9 leather seats, set out in a 1 x 1 formation, meaning that each passenger is seated by a window and can enjoy the amazing views.
Check-in is only available at the airport as the airline doesn't offer online check-in.
Airport check-in must be completed at least 45 minutes prior to scheduled flight departure time, however, the airline recommends that passengers check-in at least 60 minutes before, to ensure they give themselves enough time to make the flight boarding time.
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.
The airline's fleet consists of 11 new Cessna Grand Caravans.
The airline voluntarily requires two pilots on every flight for added safety. The experienced crew use state-of-the-art technology found on even the largest of planes, from enhanced warning systems to EFB – Electronic Flight Bags.
Kona International Airport is the main airport serving Kailua-Kona, North Kona and South Kohala and is the hub airport for Mokulele Airlines. The airport is small, with just a single terminal and a single runway.
Currently, Mokulele Airlines is the only airline that is based at the airport. However, Alaska, American Airlines, Japan Airlines, Makani Kai Air, WestJet Encore and others fly to the airport on a scheduled basis.