We took Mokulele from Kona to Maui, this afternoon. I was very pleased to see the tiny "terminal" at Knoa where Mokulele operates. No TSA, no throwing out drinks, no x-rays. My only complaint, they made me and my carryon get on the scale, and I was forced to see the number. Who would have guessed that my carryon must have weighed 50 lbs!
The flight was a little rocky, but actually quite fun and we got a chase to really see the Kona/Kohala coast on the way out. The commuter terminal at Kahului was equally small and casual. Once I got my bearings, and saw where the rental company vans pick up, I was shocked at the huge line for Avis. Each van filled, and the line looked no smaller. So, I decided to do something crazy and walk it. What a surprisingly short walk! But, I'm still not at the best part...
At the Avis counter, the woman sees I have an intermediate reserved and suggests an upgrade to a small SUV. "You'll have more room and a better view of the road."
"Is it a free upgrade?" I reply.
"No, but it would be heavily discounted."
"No thank you. I'll stick with my intermediate."
"OK, stall F7, the key is in the car."
I walk outside and find F7, but there's no car there. Instead, there's something that looks like the result of a space ship having a one-night stand with a station wagon. It's called a Ford C-Max hybrid. It was comfortable, with plenty of head and legroom for my 6'6" body. It had an automatic opening and closing hatch. It swallowed 5 suitcases (we never travel light) and barely burped. It gets 38 miles to the gallon. It tells me how well I break and gives me green leaves when I do good (taking them away when I punch the accelerator). It has a backup camera. It has duel climate zones. It has two joysticks, on the steering wheel, making it look like a PlayStation controller. I LOVE MY SPACESHIP!
And all that for the price of an intermediate!