150+ Different Routes To Get Back Home From Hawaii

by Kerwin McKenzie on October 28, 2016

 

Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu, HI (HNL) Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu, HI (HNL)

 

It’s no secret that it can be difficult at times to get to/from Hawaii as a passrider. And sometimes its easy to get there and really difficult to get back. But if you are creative enough and have a few backup cards in your pocket you can get it done. In this post, I’ve identified over 150+ routes that will get you off the islands. At least 50 or more of them will get you back to North America on nonstop flights.

Hawaii is interesting as some islands are known by its airport name others by the island name. As an example, Honolulu is on the island of Oahu, but not many know that. Likewise, people say they are going to Maui as opposed to saying the name of the main town Kahului. Others islands are typically unknown and for most people when they say they are going to Hawaii, they mean Honolulu :-).

 

Hawaiian Airlines (HA) airplanes at HNL Hawaiian Airlines (HA) airplanes at HNL

 

As any good Passrider, you should always travel with your passport and have current Australian, Brazilian and Chinese visas handy. One never know when you will need them.

Let’s take a look at some destination information about the Hawaiian Islands.

  • – Currency: USD as its a part of the United States.
  • – Language: English with a Polynesian accent :-), Hawaiian and a local dialect called Pidgin. Don’t worry, everyone speaks English there.
  • – Visa Information: As a U.S. citizen, no visa is required as its a part of the U.S. Citizens of other countries should check with their consulates for visa and health requirements. Use this link to check visa requirements.
  • – Airlines Based in Hawaii: Hawaiian Airlines (HA), Island Air Hawaii, Mokulele Airlines (MW)
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Hana, Maui (HNM):
    • – Mokulele Airlines (MW) – Maui, HI (OGG).
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Hilo, Hawaii [The Big Island] (ITO):
    • – Hawaiian Airlines (HA) – Honolulu, HI (HNL) and Maui, HI (OGG)
    • – United Airlines (UA) – Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Honolulu, Oahu (HNL):
    • – Air Canada (AC) – Calgary, AB Canada (YYC), Toronto, ON Canada (YYZ) and Vancouver, BC Canada (YVR)
    • – Air China (CA) – Beijing-Capital, People’s Republic of China (PEK)
    • – Air New Zealand (NZ) – Auckland, New Zealand (AKL)
    • – Alaska Airlines (AS) – Anchorage, AK (ANC), Bellingham, WA (BLI), Oakland, CA (OAK), Portland, OR (PDX), San Diego, CA (SAN), San Jose, CA (SJC) and Seattle, WA (SEA)
    • – American Airlines (AA) – Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Los Angeles, CA (LAX) and Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
    • – ANA (NH) – Tokyo-Haneda, Japan (HND), Tokyo-Narita, Japan (NRT)
    • – Asiana (OZ) – Seoul, Republic of Korea (ICN)
    • – China Airlines (CI) – Taipei, Taiwan (TPE), Tokyo-Narita, Japan (NRT)
    • – China Eastern (MU) – Shanghai-Pu Dong, People’s Republic of China (PVG)
    • – Delta Air Lines (DL) – Atlanta, GA (ATL), Fukuoka, Japan (FUK), Los Angeles, CA (LAX), Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP), Nagoya, Japan (NGO), New York-JFK, NY (JFK), Osaka, Japan (KIX), Portland, OR (PDX), Salt Lake City, UT (SLC), Seattle, WA (SEA) and Tokyo-Narita, Japan (NRT)
    • – Fiji Airways (FJ) – Apia, Samoa (APW), Christmas Island, Kiribati (CXI), Nadi, Fiji (NAN)
    • – Hawaiian Airlines (HA) – Auckland, New Zealand (AKL), Beijing-Capital, People’s Republic of China (PEK), Brisbane, Australia (BNE), Hilo, HI (ITO), Honolulu, HI (HNL), Kamuela, Waimea, HI (MUE), Kona, HI (KOA), Lanai City-Lanai, HI (LNY), Las Vegas, NV (LAS), Lihue-Kauai, HI (LIH), Los Angeles, CA (LAX), Maui, HI (OGG), Molakai, HI (MKK), New York-JFK, NY (JFK), Oakland, CA (OAK), Osaka, Japan (KIX), Pago Pago AS (PPG), Papeete, Tahiti (PPT), Phoenix, AZ (PHX), Portland, OR (PDX), Sacramento, CA (SMF), San Diego, CA (SAN), San Francisco, CA (SFO), San Jose, CA (SJC), Sapporo, Japan (CTS), Seattle, WA (SEA), Seoul, Republic of Korea (ICN), Sydney, Australia (SYD), Tokyo-Haneda, Japan (HND), Tokyo-Narita, Japan (NRT)
    • – Island Air (WP) – Honolulu, Hi (HNL), Kona, HI (KOA), Lihue-Kauai, HI (LIH), Maui, HI (OGG)
    • – Japan Airlines (JL) – Nagoya, Japan (NGO), Osaka, Japan (KIX), Tokyo-Haneda, Japan (HND), Tokyo-Narita, Japan (NRT)
    • – Jetstar (JQ) – Brisbane, Australia (BNE), Melbourne, Australia (MEL) and Sydney, Australia (SYD)
    • – Jin Air (LJ) – Seoul, Republic of Korea (ICN)
    • – Korean Airlines (KE) – Seoul, Republic of Korea (ICN) and Tokyo-Narita, Japan (NRT)
    • – Mokulele (MW) – Hana, HI (HNM), Kapalua, HI (JHM), Molakai, HI (MKK)
    • – Philippine Airlines (PR) – Manila, Philippines (MNL)
    • – Qantas (QF) – Sydney, Australia (SYD)
    • – United Airlines (UA) – Agana, Guam (GUM), Chicago-O’Hare, IL (ORD), Denver, CO (DEN), Houston-Intercontinental, TX (IAH), Los Angeles, CA (LAX), Majuro, Marshall Islands (MAJ), Newark-Liberty, NJ (EWR) and  San Francisco, CA (SFO), Tokyo-Narita, Japan (NRT) and Washington, DC Dulles (IAD)
    • – Virgin America (VX) – Los Angeles, CA (LAX), San Francisco, CA (SFO)
    • – Westjet (WS) – Calgary, AB Canada (YYC) Edmonton, AB Canada (YEG) and Vancouver, BC Canada (YVR)
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Kahului, Maui (OGG):
    • – Air Canada (AC) – Calgary, AB Canada (YYC) and Vancouver, BC Canada (YVR)
    • – Alaska Airlines (AS) – Anchorage, AK (ANC), Bellingham, WA (BLI), Oakland, CA (OAK), Portland, OR (PDX), San Diego, CA (SAN), San Jose, CA (SJC), Seattle, WA (SEA) and Sacramento, CA (SMF)
    • – American Airlines (AA) – Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Los Angeles, CA (LAX) and Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
    • – Delta Air Lines (DL) – Los Angeles, CA (LAX), Seattle, WA (SEA)
    • – Hawaiian Airlines (HA) – Hilo, HI (ITO), Honolulu, HI (HNL), Kamuela, Waimea, HI (MUE), Kona, HI (KOA), Lihue-Kauai, HI (LIH), Los Angeles, CA (LAX), Molakai, HI (MKK), Oakland, CA (OAK), San Jose, CA (SJC) and Seattle, WA (SEA)
    • – Island Air (WP) – Honolulu, Hi (HNL)
    • – Mokulele (MW) – Hana, HI (HNM), Kapalua, HI (JHM),Kona, HI (KOA), Molakai, HI (MKK)
    • – United Airlines (UA) – Chicago-O’Hare, IL (ORD), Denver, CO (DEN), Los Angeles, CA and  San Francisco, CA (SFO)
    • – Virgin America (VX) – Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
    • – Westjet (WS) – Calgary, AB Canada (YYC) Edmonton, AB Canada (YEG) and Vancouver, BC Canada (YVR)
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Kalaupapa, Kalaupapa (LUP):
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Kapalua, Maui (JHM):
    • – Mokulele Airlines (MW) – Honolulu, HI (HNL), Kona, HI (KOA), Molakai, HI (MKK).
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Kona, Hawaii [The Big Island] (KOA): 
    • – Air Canada (AC) – Vancouver, BC Canada (YVR)
    • – Alaska Airlines (AS) – Anchorage, AK (ANC), Bellingham, WA (BLI), Oakland, CA (OAK), Portland, OR (PDX), San Diego, CA (SAN), San Jose, CA (SJC) and Seattle, WA (SEA)
    • – American Airlines (AA) – Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW), Los Angeles, CA (LAX) and Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
    • – Delta Air Lines (DL) – Los Angeles, CA (LAX), Seattle, WA (SEA)
    • – Hawaiian Airlines (HA) – Honolulu, HI (HNL), Maui, Hi (OGG), Tokyo-Haneda, Japan (HND)
    • – Island Air (WP) – Honolulu, Hi (HNL)
    • – Mokulele (MW) – Kapalua, HI (JHM), Maui, HI (OGG), Molakai, HI (MKK)
    • – United Airlines (UA) – Denver, CO (DEN), Los Angeles, CA and  San Francisco, CA (SFO)
    • – Westjet (WS) – Vancouver, BC Canada (YVR)
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Lanai, Lanai (LNY):
    • – Hawaiian Airlines (HA) – Honolulu, HI (HNL), Molakai, HI (MKK).
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Lihu’e, Kauai (LIH)):
    • – Alaska Airlines (AS) – Oakland, CA (OAK), Portland, OR (PDX), San Diego, CA (SAN), San Jose, CA (SJC) and Seattle, WA (SEA)
    • – American Airlines (AA) – Los Angeles, CA (LAX) and Phoenix, AZ (PHX)
    • – Delta Air Lines (DL) – Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
    • – Hawaiian Airlines (HA) – Honolulu, HI (HNL), Los Angeles, CA (LAX), Maui, Hi (OGG),
    • – Island Air (WP) – Honolulu, Hi (HNL)
    • – United Airlines (UA) – Denver, CO (DEN), Los Angeles, CA and  San Francisco, CA (SFO),
    • – Westjet (WS) – Vancouver, BC Canada (YVR)
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Molokai, Molokai (MKK):
    • – Hawaiian Airlines (HA) – Honolulu, HI (HNL) and Maui, HI (OGG)
    • – Mokulele Airlines (MW) – Honolulu, HI (HNL), Kapalua, Maui (JHM), Kona, HI (KOA) and Maui, HI (OGG)
  • – Airfare Tip: If looking for a low fare, book at the Web sites for the low cost carriers as you’ll more than likely get the best value there. Try my partner SkyScanner.
  • – Airport To The City: This will vary from airport to airport You will have to check with your travel arrangers before heading down.

Hotels

Let’s talk hotels for a moment. In Hawaii, they are a bit pricey. The chain that gives airline staff great deal is Outrigger Hotels. But of course you can check the other chains as well.

Start your search with our partner HotelsCombined by using the search box below; when you search though enter the name of the island (Oahu) or the city (Honolulu) or airport name so you don’t end up booking a hotel in say Kauai when you wanted a hotel in Oahu (Honolulu).

 

 

Transportation

This will vary island by island. However you can always rent a car. When you do, ensure that you’ve read the rental agreement as some agreements do not allow you to drive the car everywhere on some of the islands. This is very important as you will be charged if you violate the agreement. You can actually take the local bus on some of the islands if you just want to not worry about and chill. Here is some additional information:

  • On Oahu; the one with Honolulu :-), you can take TheBus from the airport into the city of Honolulu. Just head out to the arrivals area, cross the street and look for the bus stop. The can find scheduling information here. The #19 or #20 should be the ones you need. Ensure you take it in the right direction so you don’t end up at the Pearl Harbor Memorial, unless that’s where you want to go.
  • On Hawaii Island, the Big Island, its the Hele-On Bus. You can check out the airport service here.
  • On Kauai, its the Kauai Bus which does provide service to the airport; the schedule may not match your arrival time though. You can find additional information here.
  • On Lanai, there is no public bus service. So rent a car or arrange with your hotel.
  • On Maui; the #35 goes to the airport, check the routes and times here.

 

A little known fact, there are two ferries that run in the Hawaiian Islands. I’ve actually never taken them, but want to at some point although I may be too late since the Maui and Molokai Ferry ended service on October 27, 2016. The other service is the Maui to Lanai service. They have three departures a day. Check their Web site before you head out.

 

Things To Do

There is tons to do in the Hawaiian Islands or you can just relax and do nothing at all. If you want to get out and do stuff, let’s look by islands. I’ll be updating this as time go along so check back and/or leave your suggestions in the comments:

  • – Hawaii
  • – Kona
  • – Lanai
  • – Lihue
  • – Maui – Drive to Hana. It’s a scenic journey that takes some time. Give yourself a day to do it and drive carefully. Do not rush this one.
  • – Molokai
  • – Oahu – Hike up to Diamond Head Crater, Visit the Dole Plantation, Visit Pearl Harbor and the U.S. Arizona Memorial, Watch the sunset at Waikiki Beach and also go for a swim. Check out the surf on the South Shore.

 

I’m sure you have your own tales to tell about your times in Hawaii. Please leave a comment below. And if you have any tips as well, please leave them.

 

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avatar Twila and Clay Woods October 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Thanks Kerwin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! …………………………. Hawaii is one of our most favorite places on Earth!!!!!!
We spent Christmas and New Years in Honolulu last year! …………………What a GREAT article you wrote on Hawaii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We have visited Hawaii about 40 times! BTW, where do you live Kerwin? …….Thank you again ……………..Twila

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie October 28, 2016 at 11:38 pm

Hi Twila,
Thanks for your note. I am so glad you liked the article.
How is Hawaii at that time of the year?
40 times! THAT’S amazing. I’ve been many times, don’t think it amounts to 40, I’m thinking less than 10 :).
I’m nomadic, but currently in Houston.

Kerwin

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avatar N December 31, 2016 at 12:14 pm

I enjoy the annual Honolulu City lights celebration, including electric light evening parade and concert on the first Saturday in December. A great way to get into the holiday spirit! And if you have time in your trip, stay to pay your respects at Pearl Harbor WWII remembrances early morning on December 7.

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