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Arriving on Maui - Kahului Airport OGG - Kahului HI 96732

the airport and runway at Kahului Maui HI  

 the baggage claim area of the Kahlui airport on maui



What can travelers expect when they arrive on Maui?  Here's a brief description of the Maui airport located in the town of Kahului.

Kahului Airport is relatively small, and it's located right on the northeast side of town, by the ocean.  It was once a single building with a tree growing up in the middle of the baggage claim area.  That tree has been cut down, and the airport greatly expanded, but it still retains a friendly character, with a huge central skylight next to the 5 baggage carousels.  All the gates funnel into the baggage area.

Kahului Maui airport - Starbucks comes to town


Our latest addition to mainstream homogeneity is the Starbucks Coffee shop right there by the baggage, where it used to be a dusty corner.  You might laugh, but this is HUGE for Kahului Airport.  Before Starbucks there was just a hot dog cart.



 baggage carousel at OGG - Kahului Maui HI


Newcomers here are called MALAHINI.  We met some arriving Canadian visitors today and I forgot to bring leis!  We usually like to lei our first time visitors, but this time we spaced it out.  K-Mart and Costco are close by and we could have picked up nice fresh flower leis on the way to the airport, if we had remembered.  For those lucky visitors who come in a group, they might even get greeted by a pretty smiling woman with an armful of leis.  Poor Steve, he had on so many layers of clothing, the first thing he did when he got his bag was to go into the men's room and change into some shorts... can you believe he wore his long underwear on the flight!  It was about 80 degrees, which is kind of cool for Kahului.



Once you get your bags just step out to the curb if you're getting picked up, or cross the street to your car.  The parking lot is right there across the road from the baggage claim.   If you're renting a car you can hop onto one of the rental company vans and go to your car lot a few blocks away.  In case you don't already have a reservation, some car companies have their desks out on the curb, walk over and see what's available... Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National.

LEAVING THE AIRPORT - 2018 UPDATE: NOW YOU CAN TAKE THE AIRPORT ACCESS ROAD TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT.  It might be a little confusing but you'll get there. The first traffic lights are at the Hana Highway... left goes to Paia, Hana, Upcountry and right goes into Kahului and Wailuku.  Straight will take you to Dairy Road.  Not much signage for Kihei travelers, just aim for Lahaina first, then you can take a left for Kihei once you get on Dairy Road.  If you miss the turn off you can always turn left at Maalaea.  It's all scenic in any direction.

(The old way....)

At the first traffic light you can go left to Costco, straight or right.  Going straight will put you on Dairy Rd, one of the busier streets in Kahului, and the main road going to the south shore, Maalaea Bay, and the west side, basically all the resort areas.  Taking the right lane will bring you into Kahului and Wailuku towns, along Ka'ahumanu Avenue. 

At the second traffic light you can turn left and head east on the Hana Highway (36) towards Paia and Haiku and eventually Hana.  You can stay on Dairy Road (380), passing the Harley Davidson Shop, Home Depot and Lowes on your way to the south or west side, or turn right on the Hana Highway to get to the Maui Mall and Wailuku.

You're now ready to start enjoying your vacation.  It won't be long and you'll fall in love with Maui and wonder how you can manage to move to Maui.  Believe me, I know... been there done that.  When that time comes, please give me a call and together we can decide your plan of action.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • February 26 2008 05:35PM


Georgina, I like your name.  Mine is Gina.  Anyway, I'll let you know when I plan to come to Maui.  I lived on Hawaii and Oahu back in the 70s but never made it to Maui.  Aloha Gina Gulliford, Long & Foster, Columbia, MD  PS if you ever take a trip to Wash DC, let me know. 
Posted by Gina Gulliford (Long & Foster) about 11 years ago

Thanks for the tips. My fiance and I are getting married on Kauai in August then coming over to your fair island for a week. Haven't been there in years and I'm really looking forward to getting back.

On a seperate note, the CEO/AE from my Association, Nancy Donahue-Jones, will become your new state AE in March. Nancy has been our AE for 20 years and we will miss her like crazy. She will do an exceptional job for your state organization so look for her when she is traveling around the islands.


Posted by Gene Wunderlich, Realtor & Legislative Liaison (1st Action Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Gina - Maui is still NO KA OI.  I hope you can make it for a visit... call me when you're coming.

Gene - Congratulations on the upcoming wedding and honeymoon!  I hope you have a wonderful time on Maui and Kauai.  That's good news about Nancy Donahue-Jones, we can always use some hard working people over here.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 11 years ago


Thanks for your welcome to AR. I would love to make it out to Maui sometime. If you know of good ecoresorts out there that are suitable for kids, please pass on the info.


Posted by Alex Mordas, Green Building Consultant (EarthSTEPS) about 11 years ago
Georgina - thanks for sharing more information about the islands!!! one of these days, I will make it over there!!!
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 11 years ago

Alex - You're welcome!  Ecoresorts on Maui - hahaha.  Then again, maybe the Hotel Hana Maui, which is in a remote part of the island, might fit the bill.  Not cheap! 

BJ - I know, but I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 11 years ago

Eric - I'm glad to hear you had a very relaxing time here.  Thanks for stopping by.  The closest properties to the airport would be in Spreckelsville, or Kahului, but nothing with it's own airstrip!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 10 years ago

Hi Georgie Hunter R(S) - I am looking for ideas for a relo package and yours is right on point!  I am bookmarking it for others who may need more info on Maui.  

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 2 years ago

Just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in...

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 2 years ago

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