One of the things that travelers love about visiting the island of Molokai, is the relaxed simplicity and refreshing feel of what seems like a bygone era. This welcome contrast with the fast-paced world is immediately evident at the Molokai airport from the moment you step off the plane as well as across the island.
When flying into Molokai airport, you feel the tradewinds and tropical sunshine before you’ve unbuckled your seatbelt, since passengers walk right out on the tarmac, deplaning onto a gradual ramp or stepping down the fold out stairs from the plane itself, and strolling out into the sun.
Getting your bags take less than 10 minutes, as the bags are wheeled from the plane into a small, open-air waiting area, where information on island activities is available.
If you’re renting a car from Alamo—the only corporate car rental chain that is currently on the island of Molokai—the office is located a 1-minute walk across the lot from the terminal. If, on the other hand, you’ve rented a vehicle through locally owned Molokai Cars, someone will be there to pick you up or the car will be waiting in the lot.
Since the Molokai Airport is in Ho‘olehua, it’s centrally located to many of Molokai’s visitor accommodations. Hotel Molokai, near Kaunakakai, is about 15 minutes away, and west shore condos like Ke Nani Kai Resort are only about 20 minutes west.
When it’s time to fly out of Molokai airport, everything in the terminal is located within a 30-second walk, from the check-in desk and security area to the coffee shop selling Molokai gifts and cups of island grown coffee. Finding your gate isn’t much of a challenge—since there are only three to choose from—and locals talk story with security guards who are either family or friends.
All things considered, the most difficult part of the Molokai airport is admitting it’s time to leave, but it’s encouraging to know you can always fly back—and very little will have changed.