All aircraft taking off from OGG must be able to abort the landing and stop if necessary. That critical moment is V1(takeoff decision), when the pilot must decide at that point to either abort takeoff or continue. Sure it'd be a hell of a whiplash stop for the passengers, but stop they would. If they go past V1, they have no choice but to fly the plane. I've seen these aborted takeoffs with a DC-10, 757 and 767's a few times and it's definitely exciting to watch! But the plane never goes off the runway.(at least not yet!) What the passenger has to realize is that EVERTHING is considered by Dispatch, the Load Planner and finally the Pilots before releasing the aircraft. If an aircraft is too heavy for the conditions they will remove cargo or passengers until it is safe. By the way, there is about 1000 feet of grassy overun at the end of the runway, if it makes you feel a little better. Also, only sometimes will pilots sit at the end of the runway, apply max power , then let go of the brakes. Usually when they have a max load on a really hot day. But, 99% of the time, it is not done. However, I do sometimes see aircraft applying full power as they start turning onto the Runway from the taxiway. That is more common. And lastly to 762er, your comment about the Maui natives thinking it would just mean more tourists.....is just not true. Being a "Maui native", I know that it was a hotly contested issue. A lot of people were for the expansion, but unfortuneatly, it was the "special interest" groups which ultimitely killed the expansion. I always thought it interesting as to how a small special interest group (supposedly representing the people) with the help of a powerful attorney could get this project killed. Well, we all know how the legal system can be abused. By the way, if you're interested, TWA's 767 - Maui to St. Louis flight takes an average of 95,000 to 100,000 lbs of fuel.
Find a job you love, and you'll never work a day in your life.