Hawaii Transportation

Hawaii Transportation

The state government department which oversees the transportation in the Hawaii is the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) which is divided to three divisions dealing with air transport, water ways and the road transport.

Air Transport in Hawaii

The commercial Airlines provide the major inter island and interstate travel in and out of Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of Transportation operates in all the public airports in the state of Hawaii. And the HDOT airport division is divided into ten different offices which maintains the airport and gives serviced based on the location of the airport or the depending on the specialization.

The Hawaii Airports

Hawaii has a number of airports situated throughout the different islands. There are a number of public airports, Military airports and General Aviation Airports at the state.

 The commercial service primary airport of Hawaii are the Hilo International Airport at Hilo, Honolulu International Airport or Hickman AFB, the Kahului Airport at Kuhului, the Kona International airport at Keahole, the Molokai Airport at Kaunakakai, the Lanai Airport at Lanai City and the Lihue airport at Lihue City. The commercial service non primary Airport at Hawaii is the Hana Airport at the Hana city. French Frigate Shoals Airport at Tern Island owned by the United States fish and Wildlife Service is also a public use airport.

Kalaeloa Airport or the John Rodger Field is a reliever Airport of Hawaii at Kapolei city. The General Aviation Airports location at the Hawaii are Port Allen Airport at Hanapepe, Upolu Airort at Hawi, Kalaupapa Airport at Kalaupapa, Waimea Kohala Airport at the Kamuela city, Kapalua Airport at the Lahiana city and Dillingham Airfield at Mokuleia.

The Military Airport at Hawaii are Bradshaw Army Airfield at Pohakuloa training area, Hickam airforce base and NALF Ford Islan at Honolulu,  MCAF Kaaneohe Bay or the Marine Corps Bay at the Kaneohe, Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kakeha  and the Wheeler Army airfield at Wahiawa.

Airports Operated by HDOT Airports Division

  • Kalaeloa Airport (JRF)
  • Dillingham Airfield (HDH)
  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  • Hana Airport (HNM)
  • Hilo International Airport (ITO)
  • Kalaupapa Airport (LUP)
  • Lanai Airport (LNY)
  • Lihue Airport (LIH)
  • Kahului Airport (OGG)
  • Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA)
  • Upolu Airport (UPP)
  • Molokai Airport (MKK)
  • Kapalua Airport (JHM)
  • Waimea-Kohala Airport (MUE)
  • Port Allen Airport (PAK)

Road Transportation in Hawaii

Each main island is crisscrossed with a system of state highways. Oahu is the only island with federal highways besides the 48 states in the United States. the state of Hawaii has a number of state highway running through each island and there are four interstate highways running through Hawaii. the interstate highways of Hawaii are the Interstate H1 which is the busiest highway on the Oahu island, Interstate H 201 which is an auxiliary interstate highway also known as Moanulua Freeway, Interstate H2 at Oahu also known as the Veterans Memorial Freeway which begins at Waiwa interchange of Interstate H 1, and the Interstate H 3 or John A Burns Freeway which is an intra interstate highway.

 Each island of the Hawaii has a public bus system servicing through it, but due to the winding roads, the travel can be very slow on the road. The Public road transportation service provided at the Oahu Island Hawaii is called TheBus which has around 80 million boarding every year on its 538 buses which runs in more than 100 routes daily. TheBus has been recognized as America's best transit system twice since its inception and it operates in four community access routes; 32 morning and afternoon express route; four limited stop all day express route and 62 standard routes. TheBus is very popular among school goers and common people due to its low fare and wide number of routes touching almost every part of the island.

Ferry Transport in Hawaii

The group of Hawaii island, surrounded by water on all the sides is best accessed through ferry services. The super ferry services in Hawaii had two vessels, the Alakai and the Huakai.

The Alakai: The U S Maritime Administration holds this super ferry vessel. This 349 foot long vessel is the first super fast vessel of Hawaii and has a capacity of 866 passenger and about 280 subcompact cars. But this super ferry service was stopped as it did not have an environmental review.

The Huakai

This was Hawaii's second super ferry vessel. This 114 long vessel was intended to start service in the year 2009 but never started service at the state of Hawaii.

Rail Route Service

Though the four islands of Hawaii has a good railroad network which has been operated in the past, it is not used for transportation at present. The railroads were widely used in the nineteenth century to carry the agricultural goods and raw materials through the state, mainly the sugar cane from the plantation site .