Terms & Conditions

Please read the following Terms & Conditions of Use carefully before using this website. You are required to expressly accept the following Terms and Conditions of Use, without any modifications, prior to each use of this website. The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation Airport Division (the “HDOTA”) may revise the Terms and Conditions of Use without any specific notice to you. The Terms and Conditions of Use posted at the time of your use of this website governs that use. If you do not agree with any part of the following Terms and Conditions of Use, you will not be permitted to use this website.

The images and other content, (the “Media”), on this site, http://aviation.hawaii.gov, are protected under applicable intellectual property laws. Unless otherwise stated, intellectual property rights in the website are administered by HDOTA on behalf of itself and the State of Hawaii.

FOR MEDIA USE PLEASE NOTE:

You are prohibited from using the Media for any commercial purpose. Any use, whether or not commercial, that may tend to degrade, tarnish the reputation of, or embarrass the content creator (photographer, videographer etc.), the State of Hawaii, or HDOTA is strictly prohibited.

FOR ALL USE:

The following are general examples of what Media may not be used for or in connection with. The following list is not exhaustive.

You agree that, upon notice from HDOTA, you will immediately cease all use of the Media and, to the extent possible, remove all Media from any and all materials in which they appear.

Credit is required for each of the Media as specified on this website. Credit must be placed adjacent to any use of the Media.

You, your successors and assigns, agree to release, indemnify and defend HDOTA and the State of Hawaii from and against all costs, liability, loss, damage, and expense, including all attorneys’ fees, and all claims, suits, and demands therefor, arising out of or resulting from your acts or omissions under these Terms & Conditions of Use and your use of the Media.

Hawaii Aviation | Kapalua Airport (West Maui)

Kapalua Airport (West Maui)

Hawaiian Airlines developed and constructed Kapalua Airport for less than $9 million after the private Kaanapali Airstrip was closed.  The airport opened on March 1, 1987. The airport is located in West Maui, approximately .03 miles above Honoapiilani Highway on 57 acres of land.

The airport consists of a single non-precision and visual 3,000-foot runway, passenger terminal, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting station, Universal Communications Tower (UNICOM) and a 500-gallon fuel storage tank.  There is one full-time maintenance position.

Operations at the airport are governed by County of Maui Ordinance 1535 and State Administrative Rules 19-39.  Operations are limited to daylight hours only; no jets or helicopters are allowed.  Flights are limited to 70 per day.  Aircraft can be parked for not more than 45 minutes in duration.  Practice or training flights are not allowed and no rental cars can be parked or stored at the airport.

Kapalua is served by commercial propeller air carriers and commuter/air taxi aircraft between West Maui and Honolulu.

FAA federal funds have not been utilized at Kapalua due to the county and state restrictions.

The State Department of Transportation purchased Kapalua-West Maui Airport from Hawaiian Airlines in October 1992.  The airport began operating under ownership of DOT on April 1, 1993. Hawaiian ceased its operations at the airport.

Mahalo Air resumed daily scheduled service on July 1, 1996 using ATR-42 turbo prop planes. Service was halted until a runway obstruction was removed.

Act 116, SLH 1998, appropriated $250,000 to design and construct a Precision Approach Path Indicator System.

A single-engine Cessna Caravan carrying freight for Federal Express collapsed on landing October 27, 1998, resulting in the closing of the runway until the aircraft was cleared.

The terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 resulted in the Federal Aviation Administration shutting down all U.S. airports for three days.  The aviation system was then incrementally restored as airport and air carriers complied with new safety and security requirements, including heightened passenger security screening.

The attacks had a major financial impact on the aviation industry, accelerating an already deteriorating financial condition for airlines.  Hawaii airports were impacted greatly with a decrease in flights and passengers.

After the attack, Island Air shut down its operations at Kahului Airport and transferred all Maui flights to West Maui.  The company also took over some Aloha flights between Maui, Kona and Hilo.  The airline began operating 38 daily flights out of Kapalua using deHavilland Dash-8 turboprop aircraft with a capacity of 37 seats.

An extension to the ARFF Building was completed in February 2003.  Cost: $75,000.

In July 2003, phase III of the architectural barrier removal was completed.

Related content

Kapalua Airport Air Traffic Statistics