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Island to island by air or new ferry.

New flights and ferries make island hopping in Hawaii easier, faster, and less expensive than ever. For the first time since the '70s, a regularly scheduled ferry stops at island ports. Recent airline startups and consolidations have resulted in some 200 daily flights, and Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island boast new airstrips. Area code is 808 unless noted.

New ferry service on Maui Princess Last December, Sea Link of Hawaii launched its 118-foot Maui Princess. It makes two round trips daily between Molokai's Kaunakakai Harbor and Maui's Lahaina Harbor Pier 3, and one round trip a day between Molokai and Oahu's Honolulu Harbor Pier 8. Trips take 1 1/4 tO 3 1/2 hours.

One-way fare is $42 for all routes. For reservations, call 533-6899 on Oahu, 6615318 on Maui, 553-5736 on Molokai.

Two major airlines connect six islands Most interisland flights take about 20 minutes. The longest--Kauai to Hawaii-is just over an hour, including a stopover.

Flying hours in Hawaii are 6 A.M tO 9 PM., so if you'll be arriving late in the evening from the Mainland, plan to stay overnight in Honolulu. Most flights cluster around 8 A.M. and 5 Rm. Adult one-way fares range from $35 to $50. Aloha Airlines serves five airports on four islands with Boeing 737 jets. First-class service is available on all flights. Call 8361111 on Oahu, (800) 367-5250 from the Mainland.

Aloha is in the Inter-Island Terminal at Honolulu International Airport, to the north of the Main Terminal.

Hawaiian Airlines serves eight airports on six islands with DC-9 jets and 50passenger turboprop Dash-7s. Call 5375100 on Oahu, (800) 367-5320 from the Mainland.

Hawaiian has moved into a new terminal at the far end of the I nter-Island Terminal (catch the airport shuttle) while new quarters are being built.

Two more airlines take you where big ones can't

These commuter airlines carry up to 18 passengers per trip; all fly low enough that flights are like air tours.

Air Molokai Ltd. flies various routes between Honolulu; Hoolehua and Kalaupapa, Molokai; Kahului, Maui; and Lanai City, Lanai, Its fleet is made up of ninepassenger Cessna 402s. Call 536-6611 on Oahu, 567-6102 on Molokai, (800) 2626055 from the Mainland.

Aloha IslandAir serves routes of former Princeville Airways and Royal Hawaiian Air Service. Its 18-seat prop planes link Honolulu; Princeville, Kauai; Hoolehua, Molokai; Hana, Kahului, and Kapalua, Maui; Kamuela, Hawaii; and Lanai City, Lanai. Call 833-3219 on Oahu, (800) 323-3345 ftom the Mainland.

At Honolulu International Airport, commuter airlines are located at the small, open-air Commuter Terminal, south (left) of the Main Terminal. You're allowed two normal-size bags totaling no more than 44 pounds. Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure, but it's a good idea to get there before then.
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