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Island Air JHM-HNL-JHM Just For Fun! Pics/Video

Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:47 pm

This is going to be a really long trip report from a really short flight. Something like 85 miles, I think.

Details for leg 1:

Island Air flight 57
JHM (Kapalua West Maui) to HNL (Honolulu)
Friday Feb 2nd
Right on time
Probably 25 mins en route.
N810WP
12 people onboard
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I was spending a week's vacation with my parents and my brother and his kids on Maui. With the very young children, I was instructed to fly with the family on the nonstop from DFW, so we can all sit together and mind the children (18months and 3yrs old--quite young to be flying on a 8hr flight from DFW). I have always enjoyed connecting in HNL and have missed that, since I've flown to OGG nonstop the last three years via CO from IAH 2 years ago and then AA from DFW the last two times.

With the recent fare wars in the islands in mind, I was checking out Islandair's website www.islandair.com and saw that I could fly on a Dash-8 from Kapalua (West Maui--3000 foot runway!) to HNL and back on a day trip for just $30 each way! What a deal! I was thinking of doing this instead of a helicopter ride, and it is much cheaper. Further, I have always been intrigued with Island Air and the JHM airport, as the planes fly right over where we stay on Maui, near Black Rock on the northern area of Ka'anapali.

Here's the entrance to the quaint airport of Kapalua, West Maui. It is served by Island Air on a regular basis. It is also served by Pacific Wings and Mokulele, plus some tourist flights, such as Volcano Tours. The runway is 3000' long and has lots of restrictions by Maui County for any expansion or additional service.


The Entrance


A view while on final to runway 2. Taken from the front seat of a Navajo on a tourist flight I took.

The airport is very high above the coast area, and has some excellent views of the area. Here's a view of Molokai:



And here is a view of Lanai:




FedEx proper doesn't fly to Maui with big jets anymore. They fly Caravans to JHM for West Maui and to Kahului (OGG) for Kahului and the Kihei/Wailea, and I imagine they also fly to Hana as well.

Here's their JHM ramp. There are like 6 trucks waiting for this Caravan.



Here's a view of us getting on the Dash 8. This is my brother and nephew. Island Air has open seating, and with the child, we got to pre-board, so we got our choice of seats.



And this is just as we are sitting down in the Dash 8. They had leather interior. We sat toward the rear, as I was hoping for a better view. I didn't quite sit back far enough, but did so on the return.



OK here is the takeoff video at JHM. Remember, this is just a 3000 foot long runway. It was the most powerful takeoff I have ever experienced. Watch in the video, as we are airborne shortly after the long stripe. The long stripe on the runway marks the 1000 foot mark, which is the touchdown zone. We are airborne by about 1200 feet. You will hear me laughing and carrying on a bit as I was really surprised by the performance. My only other time in a Dash 8 was a US Express HPN-PHL.




Here's a view of the coast as we leave Maui for the channel between Lanai and Molokai.



This is a bad photo, but I'm including it anyway. Every winter, lots of humpback whales come to Hawaii from Alaska to birth their young. Many of them are in the channels around Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. Here's a blurry shot. The blurs are whales!



During the flight, there was an abbreviated beverage service of juice and water, all served in plastic 4oz cups that you peel the top off. There were 12 people onboard.

There had been some wierd winds all week, and this continued. The pilot said we were going to land to the west at HNL. I had never done that before. The tradewinds are easterly, so the operation is usually on 8R, 8L and 4R, 4L.

Here's Diamondhead:



And here's a bad shot of Waikiki:



OK, now for the landing at HNL 26R. The video is a bit longer than I usually do, and that's because I wanted to get the landing gear coming down! Such a rare treat. It's a bit awkward filming a high wing. I find it fascinating watching the wheel contact the runway. There's some expert narration on this video, by the way:



My first view of Go!:



Deplaning, the young aviation spotter's first impression of HNL:



Here's another view of the Dash 8 on the ramp:



Another view:



Another Island Air Dash 8. This picture is interesting, because this aircraft, N805WP was loading up to to go JHM, where we just came from. Upon arrival in JHM, it was going to break down. This will cause our delay 3 hours later, when Island Air is short 1 Dash 8 and is scrambling to hold the operation together with a mechanical at JHM. Our flight going back had 2 mechanics on board who were going to fix her up! I never found out what was wrong with it, but maybe you can see something wrong here in the picture!:



Here we go! N654BR. They use the same commuter terminal as Island Air, which is just beyond the interisland terminal. go! boards on the ramp, as you see here.



Somehow, we find ourselves a bit later inside the main terminal. I was overwhelmed by the volume of Hawaiian 767s on the ramp. It was 2pm, which is a busy time, but even so, there was an amazing amount of Hawaiian Air heavies.





Diamondhead from the main terminal:



Even though I had it with me, I was a bit lazy or slow here. I didn't hook up my 400mm lens. Here's a shot with a lot going on. There's a FedEx MD11, obviously, but look at the 737. It's an Aloha Cargo. It has Cargo in huge letters down the length of the hull. It's a 737-200 like their interisland models. I didn't know they had a Cargo plane, but after looking it up, they might have as many as 3 of these. Unfortunately, I think Aloha is the only remaining US carrier flying 737-200s. I love sitting behind the wing and watching the reversers. I might soon get motivated to fly back to Hawaii just to video and take pictures of the shells open when landing, from inside an Aloha. We'll see.

This is taken from gate 18, which was an American Airlines gate. It seems the gates are universal, rather than dedicated. CO was using gate 14. AA was using 17 and 18. DL was using 19-21. I don't remember if it was HP or TZ using 15 between CO and AA.



Yes, I know. I didn't attach the 400mm. I still don't know why. Here's my first view of Harmony, which flies 757s to Hawaii (OGG and HNL, I know for sure) from Canada (YVR and YYC I know for sure--maybe more as I have not researched it). Looking up their schedule in my handy OAG, I noticed that Calgary is approx 3000 miles from Honolulu while DFW is approx 3700 miles away! That still doesn't seem right to me. Here's the pic:



Sorry for not taking more shots, but I couldn't get a good angle on the AA 767 boarding up for SFO or CO 1, boarding up for Guam. There was also a NW 753. All the Delta gates had aircraft coming later from various DL hubs and LAX.

If you haven't been to the main terminal at HNL, I highly recommend it. I'm talking about the area with flights to the US mainland, as I haven't been to the international area. It's a big triangle concourse with about half of it outdoors with an unobstructed view of gates that are adjacent. There are now lots of good shops too, such as "the" place to get Hawaiian shirts, Tori Richards, and lots of other gift shops. It looks recently remodeled and quite nice. In the center of the triangle, is a large garden area, and surrounding the garden, which is one level below, are most of the airline clubs.

We manage our time and head back to the commuter terminal, taking the Wiki Wiki bus, which connects all the terminals. Soon they plan to have a train system connecting everything, if I remember correctly from an article in the Honolulu Advertiser.

These are shots of the traffic back at the commuter terminal. Pacific Wings is very colorful:





Finally our Island Air arrives. It is one of the very few that is repainted in their new colors. I had expected them all to be repainted by now, but fairly few of them are. I only saw 2 of them on the whole time I was there. I always noticed them flying over the beach at the hotel, and usually they were old Aloha Island Air colors.



Here it is in a little better light:



I was a bit surprised to see it with an unexpected registration. N979HA, rather than the usual N800WP series.

The details:

Island Air 1558
HNL to JHM
1 hour late due to maintenance (detailed somewhat above)
28 people on board (26 + 2 mechanics on duty)
N979HA
Same juice/water beverage service in 4oz cups where you peel the top off.

I sat on the second to last row this time, rather than fourth from last on the previous flight. We preboarded since we had a child with us. Here's my view!



We taxied out to 26R and took an intersection departure, as we didn't need much runway! We took off to the west and turned south quickly. Our route took us over the west end of Molokai, and then we almost crossed the Lanai coast before making our turn to base for runway 2 at JHM.

There's a decent view of Hickam AFB and Pearl Harbor after takeoff. I let it roll until we turned south.




And the landing in Maui. This time it's a short field landing, so there's no time to hold it off to smooth out the landing. They plant it firmly, but not really uncomfortably on 2 and we shortly turn around. It looks like we used about 2500' of runway, but it might have been less than that.




The big structure you see cross the wheels shortly after the video starts is the Sheraton Black Rock. It is probably the oldest hotel at Ka'anapali. The area is good for snorkeling and shallow diving. We were staying about a mile north of that.


Mahalo for reading my trip report! Hope you enjoyed.
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:25 pm

WOW those videos were excellent! The sounds of the engines were absolutely beautiful. Thanks for posting this  Smile
 
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Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:39 pm

Awesome trip report - I love ones of Hawaiian interisland flights. And I've flown out of JHM, so I can totally relate to flying in and out of that short runway...
 
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Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:25 am

Great report! I really want to visit Hawaii soon.

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Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:16 am

Great report! My grandparents live on Maui (in Kula, about halfway up Haleakala) so I've been to Maui plenty of times. Never flew out of JHM though... I remember when it was built in the late 1980s to replace the old Kaanapali airport.

Really nice photos and videos.

Quoting DFW13L (Thread starter):
Soon they plan to have a train system connecting everything, if I remember correctly from an article in the Honolulu Advertiser.

They've been talking about that train for decades! I'll be surprised if it's ever built. The current Wiki-Wiki shuttles offer a lot more flexibility... they're used to shuttle United pax from the far Diamond Head gates to the terminal, to take overseas pax over to the interisland terminal, and to move arriving international passengers from the Ewa and frontal gates to the immigration hall. It'd be tough to build an automated people mover with that kind of versatility. I still have a mid-1980s brochure that talks all about the new people mover. It was going to be called "Kumulani." The early 1990s tourism crash in Hawaii killed the project.
 
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Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:17 am

Loved the video's.......Always wanted to fly out of JHM and your report has got the juices flowing now to book a flight on Island Air when out on the islands this summer. Very well done, even for a DFW guy!!!!  Big grin
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Tue Feb 13, 2007 3:31 am

Excellent report and pictures and videos of the wheels going up and down, Mr. DFW13L.

It made me click on the link to Island Air and look around their website. I love the way they say, "Because we fly at lower altitudes than jets, our passengers get unparalleled views of Hawaii’s magnificent scenery - pristine coastlines, spectacular mountains, frozen lava flows, plunging waterfalls and frolicking whales."

This splendid prose, together with the fact they sell Chandon Brut champagne on board, would certainly make me want to do that trip if I could. That is an amazing £15 each way - what a great day out!
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Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:45 am

Really great report & pictures! I haven't been to Hawaii in a while now, I'll have to convince my dad to book a vacation there sometime soon.  Cool
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Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:09 am

Quoting Door5right (Reply 6):
It made me click on the link to Island Air and look around their website. I love the way they say, "Because we fly at lower altitudes than jets, our passengers get unparalleled views of Hawaii’s magnificent scenery - pristine coastlines, spectacular mountains, frozen lava flows, plunging waterfalls and frolicking whales."

This splendid prose, together with the fact they sell Chandon Brut champagne on board, would certainly make me want to do that trip if I could. That is an amazing £15 each way - what a great day out!

I didn't mention this in the post. We flew at 6000' outbound to HNL, and I think 7000' on the way back. The tops of Molokai is 8000' so that gives you some perspective. You cannot buy the Chandon Brut on the JHM-HNL. You have to fly on a longer flight for that, so once in Maui, maybe take the OGG-LIH flight or something!
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:41 am

Great Island Air trip report. I took Island Air HNL-OGG-HNL in Jan-07. I like flying on Island Air's Dash 8's for these short interisland flights. You also do not have to deal with the large amounts of passengers on the HA and Aloha interisland flights. It was and easy check in, and a quick on/off the aircraft and there was no waiting for my bags.

I was also amazed at how many Hawaiin 767's were at the gates in HNL. I counted 9 of them. This was around 1:00pm on Saturday Jan 27th.
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Sun Mar 11, 2007 12:34 am

Thanks for the great report, very interesting and thorough.
 
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Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:34 am

Fantastic report, I love the videos and the pics. That landing in Maui looked hard Big grin
 
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Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:02 am

Excellent report. I just booked HNL-ITO (via MKK and OGG) and ITO-LIH (via KOA and OGG) with Island Air for my November trip. I only hope the weather will be good for this sightseeing tour of the islands.
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Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:01 pm

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 12):
I just booked HNL-ITO (via MKK and OGG) and ITO-LIH (via KOA and OGG) with Island Air

What a fun itinerary! I'm expecting a full trip report with photos!
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Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:42 am

Awesome!!! I love Hawaiian aviation so it's great to see trip reports from those tiny airports like JHM!!
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Tue Oct 13, 2009 4:59 am

Matt, were did you stay while you were there?
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