Hawaii isn’t just Hawaii. It’s Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the island of Hawaii, and each island is an exceptional destination unto itself. Island hopping is routine for Hawaii residents, and as easy as it is to get around, the islands beg to be banded together for pre- and post-meeting packages or the ultimate multi-island incentive trip — the possibilities for pairing them up are endless, and there are no wrong combinations!
Airports & Flights
Local carriers including Hawaiian Airlines and Mokulele Airlines, all provide frequent airlift amongst the isles: more than 200 flights total each day, making connectivity near seamless from the U.S. mainland or to any destination within the islands.
On Oahu, those connections happen at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, but Hawaii’s other islands service local routes in ample amount, too. Maui has three access points—in Kahului, Kapalua and Hana—and the island of Hawaii has two, in Kona and Hilo. Lihue is the landing spot on the island of Kauai.
Direct flights from one island to another are affordably priced, and special programs for group bookings include block seat arrangements and special fare windows for pre- and post-program attendee travel.
Flight times range from about 20 to 50 minutes, depending on the route — just enough time for program attendees to take in some rest and perhaps, grab a window seat for spectacular aerial views.
There are also flights to Lanai and Molokai, though many travelers to these smaller islands choose an alternate method of travel - ferry service. From the historic town of Lahaina on Maui’s leeward coast, ferry service to Lanai or Molokai runs several times each day.
To Lanai, the ride across the Auau Channel takes about an hour; to Molokai, just thirty minutes more. During winter months, one of the alluring reasons to choose a ferry is that voyagers may even catch glimpses of the humpback whales that convene in the warm, shallow waters where they breed and nurse their young.