Hawaii mulls closure of smaller airports

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 Maui.

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