Kapalua Airport

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Kapalua Airport
Kapalua Airport Terminal 2009.jpg
Airport terminal, 2009
Airport type Private use, publicly owned
Owner Hawaii Department of Transportation
Serves Lahaina, Hawaii
Location Kapalua, Hawaii
Elevation AMSL 256 ft / 78 m
Coordinates 20°57′47″N 156°40′23″W / 20.96306°N 156.67306°W / 20.96306; -156.67306Coordinates: 20°57′47″N 156°40′23″W / 20.96306°N 156.67306°W / 20.96306; -156.67306
Website Hawaii.gov/JHM
JHM is located in Hawaii
Location of airport in Hawaii
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 3,000 914 Asphalt
Statistics (2004)
Aircraft operations 9,990

Kapalua Airport (IATA: JHMICAO: PHJHFAA LID: JHM), also known as Kapalua–West Maui Airport, is a regional private use airport on the west side of the island of Maui in Hawaii. It is located five nautical miles (6 mi, 9 km) northwest of Lahaina, in Maui County.[1] Most flights to Kapalua Airport originate from commuter airports on the other Hawaiian islands by commercial commuter services, unscheduled air taxis, and general aviation.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 52,328 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[2] 42,416 enplanements in 2009, and 40,060 in 2010.[3] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation airport.[4]


Named for the Kapalua Resort a few miles to the north, the airport replaced the Kaanapali Airport, which had an even shorter runway, in 1987 to allow valuable coastal land to be developed.[5] The airport code name JHM stands for John Henry Magoon, who was president of Hawaiian Airlines when that airline developed the airport. Hawaiian operated de Havilland Canada Dash 7 turboprop aircraft on flights to Honolulu. The four engine, 50-passenger Dash 7 was the largest aircraft ever to operate scheduled passenger flights from the airport. Hawaiian discontinued service to Kapalua when the Dash 7 was retired from its fleet in 1994.

Mahalo Air, which operated between 1993 and 1997, also served Kapalua with flights to Honolulu using ATR 42 twin turboprop aircraft.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Kapalua Airport is governed by a special agreement made by the state with Maui County. A former, privately owned airport, major changes or improvements to Kapalua Airport cannot be made without the consent of the Maui County Council. The county insists on limiting development to preserve the Kapalua community from commercialization. Kapalua Airport is restricted to a single runway, a couple of terminal facilities and support facilities. There are no air cargo facilities. Operations are restricted to daytime hours only.

JTB Hawaii, an affiliate company of Japanese travel agent JTB Corporation, operates its customer service outlet located in the lobby.

The airport covers an area of 50 acres (20 ha) at an elevation of 256 feet (78 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 2/20 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 100 feet (914 x 30 m). For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2004, the airport had 9,990 aircraft operations, an average of 27 per day: 51% scheduled commercial and 49% air taxi.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Mokulele Airlines Honolulu, Kailua-Kona


Kapalua Airport is part of a centralized state structure governing all of the airports and seaports of Hawaii. The official authority of Kapalua Airport is the Governor of Hawaii who appoints the Director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation who has jurisdiction over the Hawaii Airports Administrator.

The Hawaii Airports Administrator oversees six governing bodies: Airports Operations Office, Airports Planning Office, Engineering Branch, Information Technology Office, Staff Services Office, Visitor Information Program Office. Collectively, the six bodies have authority over the four airport districts in Hawaii: Hawaiʻi Island District, Kauaʻi District, Maui District and the principal Oʻahu District. Kapalua Airport is a subordinate of the Maui District officials.


  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for JHM (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ Mark Vieth (July 1, 2010). "Pilots return to dedicate Kaanapali Airport monument". Lahaina News. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 

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