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!
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!
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!