Updated: May 21, 2015

Kahului Airport Maui - OGG:

If you plan on flying from the mainland United States to Maui, then you are most likely headed to Kahului Airport. Some of the intraisland flights take you to Kapalua Airport or Hana airport, but the vast majority of visitors to Maui land at Kahului (airport code OGG). I recently flew from Portland, Oregon (PDX) on Hawaiian Airlines on a direct flight into Kahului Airport. The flight time is about 5 1/2 hours and I have to say the airport was easy to get into and out of. The airport is located on the north side of the island but still the driving distance from OGG to Kaanapali area is roughly 40 minutes and an easy drive. Once you leave the gated area the airport is open air which means you can instantly feel the warm breeze that Hawaii offers it's visitors upon arrival. Baggage claim is a bit of a trek as you walk for about 8 minutes through the airport. Our bags were waiting on the luggage carousel and then we proceeded to the rental car counter to get the car. If you have time and are overdressed, slip into a bathroom and change into shorts and t-shirt before leaving the airport. I left Portland and the weather was 35 degrees so of course I had on pants and a sweatshirt. When I arrived in Maui I was boiling hot so I changed in the airport once I had landed.


Kahului Airport Map:

Just where is the airport located. The actual Kahului airport address is 1 Kahului Airport Road, Kahului, HI 96732-2395. Their phone # is 808-872-3830. The official website for the OGG airport is at http://hawaii.gov/ogg with weather, driving directions, parking info, an a terminal map. You can see on a larger map of Maui down below just where the airport is located in vicinity to the resorts at Kaanapali, Wailea, and Kapalua.

If you want a more detailed Kahului Airport map they offer one online at the website or you can Download a PDF file here. The terminal map shows the arrivals area and the baggage claim along with where the car rental counters are located. The airport is small compared to mainland airports so just follow the other passengers to baggage claim or look for rental car signs (just past baggage claim) and you will be on your way.

Kahului Airport Parking:

For locals who need to park at the airport or perhaps for those that are taking an interisland flight to say Oahu or Lanai, then parking is $9/day. There are usually plenty of spots to choose from as the parking area is less crowded than at your average airport. You can find out more online here. You can take a taxi cab or shuttle to the airport and avoid the parking. A taxi from Kaanapali to Kahului airport is roughly $85 and one from Wailea is about $60. Speedi shuttle is the other option for getting to and from the airport and they are seen all over the island transporting people around. One reason why taxis are so expensive is because the price per gallon of gas is the highest you will see in the United States (except for maybe Alaska). We saw gas prices at $3.85 a gallon when we were there.

Kahului Airport Rental Cars:

Renting a mid-size car from the OGG airport will cost you roughly $150 to $200 a week for a base rate. Before you rent a car on Maui, check out any package deals that might include a car rental as part of the price. We were able to secure a hotel reservation package through Costco that included a full size car for 1 week at no extra cost to us. Many of the hotel packages through websites and brokers will include some kind of rental car. You will need a car in Maui for at least part of the time you are there. Most likely you won't sit at the same hotel or beach for 7 days straight. We ventured from Kaanapali beach area to Napili, Kapalua and then down to Wailea to see the different beaches and check out the local flavor. Gas is expensive on the island but you are only driving say 5 to 40 miles at most so enjoy the ride and forget about the price of gas. You can see more details on rental cars here. The on airport companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty. Most rates are competitive, but always check with Expedia or Orbitz to see which companies is offering the best prices.