The cheapest times to fly from HNL to KOA are

  • July 30th to February 18th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from HNL to KOA is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $177 for Sunday flights during early to mid July, or as low as $68 for Wednesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to Kailua-Kona

Flying from Honolulu, HI (HNL) to Kona, HI (KOA) will usually cost between $78 to $172 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $87. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid July, with an average price of $170. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $83 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $120 can be considered a good price for a round-trip HNL to KOA flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the HNL to KOA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

HNL to KOA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the HNL to KOA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Honolulu. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.46, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $20 (15%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $117. Return trip prices are from the KOA to HNL flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from HNL to KOA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 16 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from HNL to KOA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Molokai Airport (MKK) in Hoolehua, HI

  • 119 miles (192 km) away from KOA
  • Usually 7.11% less expensive than KOA
  • Nonstop flights available

See HNL to MKK flights

Destination alternative #2: Kahului Airport (OGG) in Kahului, HI

  • 84 miles (135 km) away from KOA
  • Usually 0.42% less expensive than KOA
  • Nonstop flights available

See HNL to OGG flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from HNL to KOA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Hawaiian, Mokulele Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Southern Airways Express, Southwest, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Ellison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole Airport to Daniel K Inouye International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 163 miles or 262 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from HNL to KOA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop HNL to KOA flight is about 1 hour 16 minutes.

How many flights go between Honolulu, HI and Kona, HI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 61 available flights from HNL to KOA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeHNL
Origination airport nameDaniel K Inouye International Airport
CityHonolulu, HI
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeKOA
Destination airport nameEllison Onizuka Kona International at Keahole Airport
CityKona, HI
Countrythe United States


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from HNL to KOA tend to depart late almost never compared to the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 13% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 28% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave KOA heading for HNL about at the time listed on your ticket. This does not significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Kona, HI is about 3 minutes early. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • Southwest: 8 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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