Category Archives: Getting There

Southwest Airlines Now Flies to Hawaii!

Southwest Airlines flew it’s first commercial flight to Hawaii yesterday on a route from Oakland, California to Honolulu.  Southwest’s entry into the Hawaiian market has been eagerly anticipated and fare wars have already begun.  Starting March 24th, there will be two daily flights each way between Oakland and Honolulu.  April 7th will see the first flight from Oakland to Kahalui, Maui with the return flight available beginning the next day. Twice daily service between these two cities will start April 10th.

Other announced schedules include 4 times daily  inter island service between Honolulu and Kahalui starting April 28th  expanding to four times daily between Honolulu and Kona on May 12th.  Flights, once daily, between San Jose and Honolulu will start May 5th and between San Jose and Kahului, once daily, starting May 26th.

Details are expected within the next week  for schedules involving San Diego, Sacramento and Kauai.

We look forward to more schedules from Southwest Airlines and lower fares for all of us wanting to visit the gorgeous Hawaiian Islands!





You’re Going to Paradise – Pack Lightly!

As a part-time resident and long time visitor to Maui, if there’s one piece of advice I’d offer to someone packing for a vacation to Maui it would be to pack lightly.  One of the most wonderful things about Maui is how laid back it is. One can go into virtually any restaurant and store dressed very casually. Indeed, throwing a cover up on over your swim suit makes you virtually dressed up! The weather is also  on the whole very consistent meaning that a couple tshirts, shorts, swimsuits and perhaps a sweatshirt and/or sweatpants if you tend to get chilly is about all you need.  Staying in a condo like ours that has a washer and dryer eliminates the need to drag along excess clothes.

Should you want to dress up for a nice dinner, guys can get away with a hawaiian shirt and  khaki shorts while a woman would be considered dressed up in a nice sundress.  99% of the time here I wear flip flops, saving athletic shoes for situations like hiking, running or going to the gym.  A lightweight rain jacket is handy for the occasional showers you may encounter.

Be sure  to bring your sunglasses and a hat; sunscreen is  an essential item but can easily be purchased here.  I’d also suggest bringing a bag to use as a beach bag – definitely going to be carrying sunscreen and water with you to the beach.

Save yourself the checked baggage fees – or if you must bring a big bag, keep it mostly empty and load up on the souvenirs!


Direct Flights to Maui

Direct nonstop flights to Maui are available from more and more mainland cities.  Here is the current list along with airline and aircraft type.

Kahului Airport from the air.
Kahului Airport from the air.


Anchorage, AK ( ANC ) Alaska Airlines Narrowbody
Bellingham, WA ( BLI ) Alaska Airlines Narrowbody
Denver, CO  ( DEN ) United Airlines Narrowbody
Dallas -Fort Worth, TX ( DFW ) American Airlines Widebody
Los Angeles, CA  ( LAX ) American Airlines Narrowbody
Los Angeles, CA  ( LAX ) Delta Airlines Narrowbody
Los Angeles, CA  ( LAX ) United Airlines Narrowbody
Los Angeles, CA ( LAX ) Hawaiian Airlines Widebody
Oakland, CA ( OAK ) American Airlines Narrowbody
Oakland, CA ( OAK ) Alaska Airlines Narrowbody
Oakland, CA ( OAK ) Delta Airlines Narrowbody
Oakland, CA ( OAK ) Hawaiian Airlines Widebody
Portland , OR ( PDX ) Alaska Airlines Narrowbody
Portland, OR ( PDX ) Hawaiian Airlines Widebody
Phoenix, AZ ( PHX ) US Air Narrowbody
Sacramento, CA ( SAC ) Alaska Airlines Narrowbody
San Diego, CA ( SAN ) Alaska Airlines Narrowbody
San Francisco, CA ( SFO ) United Airlines Narrowbody
San Jose, CA ( SJC ) Alaska Airlines Narrowbody
San Jose, CA ( SJC ) Hawaiian Airlines Widebody
Seattle, WA ( SEA ) Alaska Airlines Narrowbody
Seattle, WA ( SEA ) Delta Airlines Narrowbody
Seattle, WA ( SEA ) Hawaiian Airlines Widebody
Vancouver, BC ( YVR ) Air Canada Narrowbody
Vancouver, BC ( YVR ) Westjet Narrowbody

This information was complied from multiple sources. Please let me know of any additions or corrections.

New Maui airline service from Seattle

Delta Airlines has announced that it will begin serving Maui’s Kahului Airport with daily nonstop flights from Seattle on December 20, 2014.  Delta will be the third airline flying this route, joining Hawaiian and Alaska.    Delta will be using it’s 757-200 aircraft, a  narrow body plane with three seats on each side of a single aisle.

A bit of extra competition is always good for travelers!