Molokai Airport

Molokai Airport, (IATA: MKK, ICAO: PHMK, FAA LID: MKK) also known as Hoolehua Airport is a state-owned, public use airport located six nautical miles (7 mi, 11 km) northwest of Kaunakakai,[1] on the island of Molokai in Maui County, Hawaii, United States. It is the principal airport of the island. The largest plane to ever fly here regularly was a Boeing 737-200 jet, which seats 127 passengers.

Molokai Airport

Kahua Mokulele o Moloka‘i
Molokai airport.jpg
Approach to Runway 5 (2008)
Airport typePublic
OwnerHawaii Department of Transportation
Elevation AMSL454 ft / 138 m
Coordinates21°09′10″N 157°05′47″W / 21.15278°N 157.09639°W / 21.15278; -157.09639Coordinates: 21°09′10″N 157°05′47″W / 21.15278°N 157.09639°W / 21.15278; -157.09639
MKK is located in Molokai and Lanai
Location of airport in Hawaii
MKK is located in Hawaii
MKK (Hawaii)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 4,494 1,370 Asphalt
17/35 3,118 950 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2019)45,219
Based aircraft (2022)6

It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2021–2025, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[2]

Facilities and aircraftEdit

Molokai Airport occupies 288 acres (117 ha) at an elevation of 454 ft (138 m) above mean sea level on the central plateau of the island of Molokai. The airport has two asphalt paved runways that accommodate commuter/air taxi and general aviation activities, as well as some military flights: runway 5/23 is 4,494 by 100 ft (1,370 by 30 m) and runway 17/35 is 3,118 by 100 ft (950 by 30 m).[1]

The passenger terminal complex and general aviation facilities are north of the runway intersection; the passenger terminal complex is near the principal runway and the general aviation facilities are near the crosswind runway. Vehicular access to these two areas is provided by separate access roadways, each connecting with Keonelele Avenue.

For the 12-month period ending January 11, 2019, the airport had 45,219 aircraft operations, an average of 124 per day: 86% air taxi, 11% general aviation and 3% military. In April 2022, there were six aircraft based at this airport, all single-engine.[1]

The sole airline that services Molokai, Mokulele Airlines, operates the Cessna Grand Caravan 208EX aircraft into the airport.[3]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at this airport:

Mokulele Airlines Honolulu, Kahului, Kalaupapa, Lanai


Annual passenger traffic at MKK airport. See Wikidata query.


Date Flight Number Information
28 October 1989 MKU1712 A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, collided with mountains near Halawa Valley, Molokai, while en route on a scheduled passenger flight from Kahului Airport to Molokai Airport in Hoolehua. The NTSB determined the cause of the accident was the airplane's controlled flight into terrain as a result of the decision of the captain to continue the flight under visual flight rules at night into instrument meteorological conditions, which obscured rising mountains.[4] All 20 aboard the aircraft died. Thirteen of the victims were from Molokai, including eight members of the Molokai High School boys and girls volleyball teams and two faculty members. The girls team had just qualified on Maui for the state tournament.[5]
10 May 2000 N/A A Rockwell North American Sabreliner 65 operated by Price Aircraft Company inbound from Kahului Airport impacted a mountain ridge 3.3 miles SW of Kaunakaka on a night visual approach to MKK. All 6 occupants (2 crew, 4 passengers) were killed.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for MKK PDF. Federal Aviation Administration. effective April 21, 2022.
  2. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Our Fleet". Mokulele Airlines | Hawaii's Favorite Island Hopper. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-02-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ Honolulu Star-Bulletin Local News
  6. ^ Accident description for N241H at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on November 6, 2020.

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