Hawaiian Airlines Resumes Tokyo to Kona Flights

A Hawaiian Airlines jet over mountains.
Photo Credit: Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines has officially announced the resumption of its service between Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA).

This eagerly anticipated restart will consist of three flights from October 29 through November 4, followed by the reinstatement of regular weekly service starting on November 22.

The airline plans to gradually return to its original thrice-weekly schedule by March 2024.

Nonstop Service to Hawaiʻi

“We’re very pleased to bring back our convenient nonstop service between Tokyo and Hawaiʻi Island as we continue to restore our Japan network to meet increasing demand,” said Takaya Shishido, Japan country director at Hawaiian Airlines.

The gradual increase in weekly service from November through March is a strategic move, allowing Hawaiian Airlines to ramp up its operations to serve its guests effectively.

By March 13, 2024, Hawaiian Airlines will witness a substantial surge in its Japan capacity, which will be 59% above the levels seen during the summer of 2023.

The ramp-up of services to a thrice weekly schedule in March sees the carrier expanding its reach in order to accommodate the projected demand growth.


Photo Credit: Hawaiian Airlines

Expanded Service Portfolio

Hawaiian Airlines currently offers a range of flight options for travelers between Hawaiʻi and Japan. These include daily service between Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) and Tokyo’s Haneda (HND) and Osaka’s Kansai (KIX) airports.

Additionally, there is six-times-weekly service between HNL and Tokyo Narita (NRT) airport, along with thrice-weekly service between Honolulu and Fukuoka (FUK) airport.

These extensive offerings provide travelers with the flexibility they need to plan their journeys conveniently.

A Look Back: Haneda-Kona Service

Hawaiian Airlines first launched the Haneda-Kona service in 2016, offering travelers a unique opportunity to explore the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture of Hawaiʻi Island.

Unfortunately, this service was temporarily suspended in March 2020 due to the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, with the situation improving and safety measures in place, the airline is thrilled to bring back this route, rekindling the connection between Tokyo and Kona.

Airbus A330

For passengers choosing Hawaiian Airlines, a comfortable and enjoyable journey is guaranteed. The airline will continue to operate its Japan routes using the spacious wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft.

This aircraft features 18 Premium Cabin fully lie-flat seats, 68 popular Extra Comfort seats, and 192 Main Cabin seats.

Whether you’re looking for a premium experience or a cost-effective option, Hawaiian Airlines has you covered.

Exploring Maui

For travelers with plans to explore Maui, it’s important to note that West Maui is currently inaccessible to visitors due to recent wildfires.

However, the majority of the island, including Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, Wailea, Makena, Paia, and Hana, remains open and welcoming to tourists.

As Hawaiʻi’s hometown airline, Hawaiian Airlines has taken an active role in supporting the recovery efforts on Maui.

They have launched “Malama Maui,” a resource page that provides information for individuals interested in contributing to the recovery efforts.

Additionally, “Travel Pono Maui” is a guide tailored for island visitors, offering insights on how their stay can help support the local communities and people of Maui.

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