Even with the demise of Aloha Airlines, Hawaii offers plenty of inter-island service on commercial carriers, charter aircraft and ferries. Here’s a list of what’s available, in alphabetical order.
Expeditions: For more than 16 years, Expeditions has provided passenger ferry service (no cars) between Maui and Lanai across the Auau Channel. Expeditions offers five daily roundtrips between Maui’s Lahaina Harbor and Lanai’s Manele Harbor (45 minutes each way). The company also offers “Explore Lanai” packages that include golf, guided tours, four-wheel-drive excursions, sporting clays and luxury accommodations, as well as ferry transfers. For more information, call 800-695-2624 or visit www.go-lanai.com.
Hawaiian Airlines: Founded in 1929 as Inter-Island Airways Ltd., Hawaiian Airlines went on to become a major trans-Pacific carrier and today offers more than 160 flights among the Hawaiian Islands. Specifically, the company serves Lihue, Kauai; Kahului and Kapalua, Maui; Kona and Hilo on the Big Island; Lanai City, Lanai; and Ho`olehua, Molokai. The carrier has received numerous accolades, including top rankings in on-time service, baggage handling and fewest complaints. The carrier’s website lets browsers customize packages and plan entire itineraries. For more information, call 800-367-5320 or visit www.hawaiianair.com.
Island Air: Operating a fleet of 37-seat Dash 8 turboprop aircraft with leather seats, large overhead compartments, air conditioning and pressurized cabins, Island Air serves all eight of Hawaii’s commercial airports: Honolulu, Molokai (Ho`olehua), Lanai (Lanai City), Maui (Kahului and Kapalua), Kauai (Lihui) and the Big Island (Kona and Hilo). The carrier also offers nonstop service between certain neighbor islands. For more information, call 800-652-6541 or visit www.islandair.com.
Marjet Inc.: This luxury charter service uses air-conditioned twin-turbine aircraft, providing service around the clock. Planes are equipped with satellite phones and headsets, as well as leather interiors and bars. As a charter company, Marjet flies into smaller airports that aren’t served by commercial airlines, including Kaunakakai, Molokai; Hana, Maui; and Waimea on the Big Island, as well as into the islands’ commercial airports. For more information, call 808-833-1631 or visit www.marjethawaii.com.
Molokai Ferry: In addition to two daily roundtrips between Lahaina Harbor and Molokai (90 minutes each way), Molokai Ferry offers guided tours of Molokai that include such sites as Pala’au State Park and the Kalaupapa Overlook, as well as lunch and roundtrip ferry transfers. For more information, call 866-307-6524 or visit www.molokaiferry.com.
Pacific Air Charters Inc.: Providing service to and from anywhere in the main Hawaiian Islands with as little as 90 minutes’ notice, Pacific Air Charters also offers customized air tours upon request. Its fleet of twin-engine aircraft features an executive seating configuration, and its use of GPS allows it to offer all-weather service. Pacific Air Charter also offers free parking at Honolulu International Airport and makes ground transportation arrangements upon request. Call 808-839-3559 or visit www.pacificaircharters.com.--Mimi Kmet