Molokai Airport

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Molokai Airport

Kahua Mokulele o Moloka‘i
Molokai airport.jpg
Approach to Runway 5 (2008)
Airport typePublic
OwnerHawaii Department of Transportation
ServesKaunakakai, Hawaii
Elevation AMSL454 ft / 138 m
Coordinates21°09′10″N 157°05′47″W / 21.15278°N 157.09639°W / 21.15278; -157.09639Coordinates: 21°09′10″N 157°05′47″W / 21.15278°N 157.09639°W / 21.15278; -157.09639
MKK is located in Molokai and Lanai
Location of airport in Hawaii
MKK is located in Hawaii
MKK (Hawaii)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 4,494 1,370 Asphalt
17/35 3,118 950 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations49,804
Based aircraft4

Founded in 1927,[2] Molokai Airport, (IATA: MKK, ICAO: PHMK, FAA LID: MKK) also known as Hoolehua Airport is a state-owned, public use airport located six nautical miles (7 mi, 11 km) northwest of Kaunakakai,[1] on the island of Molokai in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. It is the principal airport of the island.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 89,468 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 65,984 enplanements in 2009, and 88,688 in 2010.[4] It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[5]

Facilities and aircraft

Molokai Airport occupies 288 acres (117 ha) at an elevation of 454 ft (138 m) above mean sea level on the central plateau of the island of Molokai. The airport has two asphalt paved runways that accommodate commuter/air taxi and general aviation activities, as well as some military flights: Runway 5/23 is 4,494 by 100 ft (1,370 by 30 m) and Runway 17/35 is 3,118 by 100 ft (950 by 30 m).[1]

The passenger terminal complex and general aviation facilities are north of the runway intersection; the passenger terminal complex is near the principal runway and the general aviation facilities are near the crosswind runway. Vehicular access to these two areas is provided by separate access roadways, each connecting with Keonelele Avenue.

For the 12-month period ending April 20, 2011, the airport had 49,804 aircraft operations, an average of 136 per day: 59% general aviation, 40% air taxi, and 1% military. At that time there were 4 aircraft based at this airport, all single-engine.[1]

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:

Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu[6]
Makani Kai Air Charters Honolulu,[7] Kalaupapa
Mokulele Airlines Honolulu, Kahului, Kalaupapa

Island Air ended flights between Honolulu and Molokai Airport on April 1, 2014.[8]


On October 28, 1989, Aloha Island Air flight 1712, a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, collided with mountains near Halawa Valley, Molokai, while en route on a scheduled passenger flight from Kahului Airport to Molokai Airport in Hoolehua. The NTSB determined the cause of the accident was the airplane's controlled flight into terrain as a result of the decision of the captain to continue the flight under visual flight rules at night into instrument meteorological conditions, which obscured rising mountains.[9] All 20 aboard the aircraft died. Thirteen of the victims were from Molokai, including eight members of the Molokai High School boys and girls volleyball teams and two faculty members. The girls team had just qualified on Maui for the state tournament.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for MKK (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Airport History". State of Hawaii. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  6. ^ "'Ohana by Hawaiian Expands its Network to Include Maui" (Press release). Hawaiian Airlines. June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Silverstein, Stephanie (June 5, 2013). "Makani Kai Air adds Honolulu-Molokai flights to schedule". Pacific Business News. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  8. ^ Segal, Dave (February 18, 2014). "Island Air to drop Molokai service". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Honolulu Star-Bulletin Local News

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