HONOLULU -- State officials in Hawaii may close or privatize five
small airports in the next year due to a severe decline in airport
revenue, according to a review prompted by a letter from Gov. Ben
Cayetano to state legislators.
Among the airports included are Dillingham on Oahu, where three
skydiving firms operate; Port Allen on Kauai; Upolu on the Big
Island; and Kapalua on Maui, which serves as a gateway to the
hotels and condominiums along the Kaanapali Coast.
If Kapalua is closed, for example, a 45-minute drive from
Kahului Airport would be the only alternative for visitors to West