Molokai is less than 10 miles from Maui, and the two islands are separated by the Pailolo Channel. Both Honolulu and Kahului airports have direct flights to Molokai, and there are three different competing carriers that offer different flight options. From Maui, Ohana by Hawaiian has one flight per day on larger, 48-passenger aircraft. The other two airlines, Mokulele and Makani Kai, have 9-person prop planes that service Kahului between six and nine times daily. Because the prop planes are relatively small, plan on packing light for your trip since the planes have weight limits.
The same applies when flying from Honolulu, as Ohana by Hawaiian has daily flights on 48-passengers planes, and Makani Kai and Mokulele have between 10 and 12 flights per day. And, while it’s only offered once daily, Ohana by Hawaiian also offers a flight from Lanai City to Molokai.
All flights to the island of Molokai land at the Molokai airport (MKK) located outside of Hoolehua and 15 minutes from Kaunakakai. There is also an airstrip in Kalaupapa, where Makani Kai offers once-daily service directly to Honolulu. This is convenient for visitors staying on Oahu who want to experience Kalaupapa for the day. If you’re staying on Maui, you can catch an early morning flight into Ho’olehua Airport, and then hop on a 10-minute Makani Kai flight that connects with Kalaupapa. Note that because Kalaupapa tours do not run on Sundays, flights to Kalaupapa also do not operate.
Expect flights to Molokai to last about 30-35 minutes. Depending on which way the wind is blowing and the flight path chosen by the pilot, there’s the chance you could buzz past the north shore sea cliffs and see dozens of cascading falls, or soar above the southern reef for a view of the corals and blue holes.
The flight situation is fluid, however, and has been known to frequently change. Also note that flights are subject to change. For updated info on traveling to Molokai inquire directly with airline providers by following the links below: