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How to get to Molokai

Molokai, known as the 'Friendly Isle', lies to the southeast of Oahu across the 40km (25mi) wide Kaiwi Channel, and north of Lanai, separated from it by the Kalohi Channel.

The most convenient route to Molokai is by air to Molokai Airport (MKK), also known as Hoolehua Airport, located about 8km (5mi) northwest of Kaunakakai town.

From international and mainland-US destinations this requires first flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL), followed by a connecting 30-minute flight to Molokai Airport (MKK).

Molokai is the fifth-largest of the Hawaiian islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the North Pacific Ocean, around 3860km (2398mi) from mainland USA.


Flight times to Molokai

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Molokai Airport (MKK).

Honolulu to Molokai is 30 min, direct flight


Flight times to Honolulu, Oahu

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Oahu.

From United States: Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, Alaskan Airlines and United Airlines operate the most convenient daily flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Atlanta to Honolulu is 9 hrs 41 min, direct flight
Boston to Honolulu is 11 hrs 5 min, direct flight
Chicago to Honolulu is 9 hrs 14 min, direct flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to Honolulu is 8 hrs 13 min, direct flight
Houston to Honolulu is 8 hrs 18 min, direct flight
New York to Honolulu is 10 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Honolulu is 5 hrs 36 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Honolulu is 5 hrs 12 min, direct flight
Seattle to Honolulu is 6 hrs 15 min, direct flight


From Canada: Air Canada, Westjet, Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Toronto to Honolulu is 9 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Vancouver to Honolulu is 6 hrs 5 min, direct flight

Montreal to Honolulu is 12 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Qantas, Jetstar and Hawaiian Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Brisbane to Honolulu is 9 hrs 15 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Honolulu is 10 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Sydney to Honolulu is 9 hrs 15 min, direct flight

Adelaide to Honolulu is 12 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Honolulu is 14 hrs, 50 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines operate regular direct flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Auckland to Honolulu is 8 hrs 30 min, direct flight


From Japan: Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and United Airlines offer the most convenient direct flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Tokyo to Honolulu is 7 hrs 5 min, direct flight


From China: China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Shanghai to Honolulu is 9 hrs 45 min, direct flight

Beijing to Honolulu is 11 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Hong Kong to Honolulu is 12 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and United Airlines operate regular flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Singapore to Honolulu is 15 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: British Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

London to Honolulu is 17 hrs 27 min, connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Honolulu is 17 hrs 12 min, connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Honolulu, Oahu.

Paris to Honolulu is 17 hrs 57 min, connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Air Canada, All Nippon Airways, WestJet, Lufthansa and Alaska Airlines offer the most convenient flights to Honolulu.

Berlin to Honolulu is 20 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Honolulu is 19 hrs 54 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Honolulu is 17 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Honolulu is 19 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Honolulu is 17 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Molokai Airport (MKK), also known as Hoolehua Airport, is located about 8km (5mi) northwest of Kaunakakai town. There is no private shuttle bus so you need to take a taxi or hire a car.

Honolulu International Airport is located about 13km northwest of Honolulu on the island of Oahu, with daily connections to Molokai.


Entry requirements

A machine-readable passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), nationals of Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days.


Getting around

On land – It's best to hire a car, easily available from the airport. Traffic drives on the right. Taxis are available.

Between islands – Hawaiian Airlines provides frequent inter-island flights, usually daily. Ferries link all the main islands with frequent services between Lana’i, O'ahu, Maui, Kauai'i and the Big Island.


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Latest update: How to get to Molakai: 15 November, 2019


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