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Connecting from AA to Mokulele / Hawaiian at KOA

Old Jul 14, 18, 2:08 pm
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Connecting from AA to Mokulele / Hawaiian at KOA

Hi all,

I was hoping to get some inputs from the experts here on connecting at KOA.

I am on an AA flight that lands in KOA at 2:08PM, but want to get to OGG as soon as possible after landing. I've done some research and identified a handful of possible KOA-OGG flights. I like the idea of Mokulele (fun to fly something smaller and possibly get some nice views), but understand they fly out of the commuter terminal. The alternative would be a Hawaiian flight, which I believe would be easier to connect to.

Here are my questions:

1) What is the easiest way to get from the main part of KOA airport (where an AA flight would land) to the commuter terminal? I haven't been able to find any good info on this, but based on Google maps it seems it would be about a 10 minute walk outside on a sidewalk, which seems doable with the carryons we'll have.
2) Assuming the transfer from the main terminal to commuter terminal is doable:
- Which of the Mokulele flights below would you suggest booking?
- My gut says the 3:25pm departure would be the best bet, but is the 2:45pm feasible?
- Our carryons are slightly larger than the usual sizers (but fit overhead on every full sized jet). I understand they won't fit in the cabin on a Mukulele flight, but will we be charged anything extra if they're slightly overweight/oversized when they place them in the hold?
3) If Mokulele is not recommended or the transfer to the commuter terminal will be painful, will a 2:55pm departure on Hawaiian be possible? Would I need to clear security or will it be an easy transfer?

Here are the flights I am considering. Thanks for the help!

Mokulele Flights
KOA-OGG - departs 2:45pm
KOA-OGG - departs 3:25pm
KOA-OGG - departs 4:50pm

Hawaiian Flights
KOA-OGG - departs 2:55pm
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Old Jul 14, 18, 3:40 pm
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My concern would be the on-time performance of the AA flight getting into KOA, check the stats of the flight and plan accordingly. If you didn't check any bags on your AA flight and didn't have to wait for them, I would think the 3:25 pm flight would be the safest, and if you get there earlier, you might be able to get on the earlier flight if they have room. I did the walk between the commuter terminal and the main terminal, it really wasn't that bad, maybe a 10-15 minute walk at most at a relaxed pace. The commuter terminal is essentially a bunch of office trailers joined together, tour flights are based out of there as well. You'll be passing by the cargo building to get to it, so you'll be walking on the side of the service road once you leave the airport terminal part of the airport. The good thing with Mokulele is that there are NO security lines to go through whatsoever!! You check in at their counter, then wait by the gate of the airport fence for the pilot to summon passengers for the particular flight.

Mokulele's carryon policies are rather strict, but understandable because the small planes really don't have any space in the cabin for anything more than a briefcase or purse under the seat in front of you. It's been over a year, but didn't think the checked bag fee was much for our two carryons. Check their website, they have it published somewhere.

I kinda find Mokulele to be a charming airline to fly with, you fly low in altitude, and every seat is a window seat and the views are wonderful. The flight we took was low enough to see the whales in the ocean! I really didn't mind that it took a bit longer for the flight vs Hawaiian.

Otherwise, Hawaiian would be an easier transfer, especially if your AA flight gets into the same part of the terminal. KOA is a *small* airport, the lounge is outdoors, you walk on the tarmac to get on/off the planes!! Depending on the time of day, the security lines can be rather long, so be wary of that.
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Old Jul 22, 18, 12:41 pm
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Thanks for this advice. I went with the 3:25pm flight on Mokulele. Hopefully everything goes smoothly.
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