Kahului Airport, also called Maui Airport (or OGG), is the second busiest airport in the State of Hawaii. The airport receives both overseas and inter island flights. For most visitors, this is the main port of entry to Maui.
To find flights tickets at good rates, either flying directly or through Honolulu, read my advice on how to find cheap flights to Maui here.
Fortunately, Kahului Airport's terminal facilities are quite new and modern, thanks to the tourists who come visit the beautiful Valley Island in large numbers.
You will find ATM, bureau de change, medical services, some duty free shops, food and beverage concessions as well as a newsstand. These services and facilities are usually opened following flights schedule. Wi-fi access is also available.
If you need assistance, Information desks are located throughout the airport (opened daily from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.). A friendly staff will welcome you with a smile, always faithful to the aloha spirit.
No one at the desk? Simply call this help line (808) 872-3893 for assistance.
Kahului Airport has two terminals: a main terminal and a commuter terminal.
Kahului Airport Terminal Map
You can download a printable version on Kahului Airport official Website.
Finding you baggage should be easy.
If you are coming directly from the continent, you should arrive on the second level of the Main (overseas) Terminal.
If you are connecting from International Honolulu Airport or another Hawaiian island airport, you should arrive at the ground level of the Commuter Terminal.
Simply follow the Baggage Claim signs.
There are many ways to get around the island.
You can catch a bus, part of Maui public transit system, directly at Kahului Airport (look for Upcountry and Haiku Islander routes). Fare is only 1$ per boarding but you must deal with the departure times and destinations offered. See complete schedule and rules for luggage restrictions on the County of Maui official website.
Another option is to hire a taxi. Cabs are waiting just outside the airport. They are reliable but the run might become expensive if you are heading for a remote destination.
If your destination is a resort or hotel in Kihei, Lahaina or Ka'anapali, your best option is probably to use a private shuttle. These shuttles are very popular and convenient.
Do not assume you will find a shuttle at the airport. Make sure such a shuttle service is offered by your resort or hotel when you book your vacation package. This way, you stay away from bad surprises and you begin your vacation with a smile.
My favorite option!
Why? Because I love the feeling of total freedom it gives me. And it is definitively the best way to discover Maui. A Car rental area can be found at your right just outside the airport. You will find all the majors: Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, Avis, Alamo, Thrifty, etc.
I can't stress this enough: book your car in advance and leave your worries behind.
That said, if all you need is to reach your resort, keep it simple and use the shuttle.
Here are some driving directions, as stated on the Maui Airport website. This can be useful if you decided to rent a car and are driving back to the airport from your resort or beach rental.
Take Honoapiilani Highway (HI-30) south approximately 16 miles. Turn right onto Kuihelani Highway (it turns into Dairy Road) and drive approximately 6 miles. Cross Hana Highway (road name changes to Keolani Place) and drive approximately 1.5 miles from intersection to the terminal facility.
Drive northwest on South Kihei Road or Piilani Highway. Make a right onto Mokulele Highway (Kahului direction and highway turns into Puunene Avenue). Turn right at the intersection of Dairy Road. Cross Hana Highway (road name changes to Keolani Place) and drive approximately 1.5 miles from intersection to the terminal facility.Be on the look out for airport signs along the roadways.
Here's a map of Kahului Airport. You can use this map to determine your own route if you come from another part of the island. Use the arrows to zoom in and out and move around with your mouse.
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