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Hawaiian builds and operates its own West Maui airport. (Hawaiian Airlines)

Hawaiian builds and operates its own West Maui airport

Hawaiian Airlines has ventured into the airport business. It has probably been done before, but in an unusual move for an airline, Hawaiian has built its own airport at Kapalua on the western end of Maui, second only to Waikiki as the most popular tourist area in the Hawaiian islands.

Maui's other airport, Kahului, is located on the north central part of Maui and can be as much as an hour's drive away from the large Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kahana, Napili and Kapalua resorts on the west end of the island. Hawaiian officials estimate that 60% of Maui's resort industry is in this area. Extensive air service has been available to the Kahului Airport, including direct service from the U. …

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