09 September 2010

Hau‘oli Lā Hānau Island Air!

Island Air celebrated their 30th anniversary today with an orchid lei given to each passenger departing HNL, and were given special music CD single recorded by Island Air employees.  There also was live Hawaiian music and hula in the holding area for a few hours.

In a special blessing ceremony at the Island Air hangar yesterday, each of the four Dash8-100s were give a Hawaiian name and blessed to mark the anniversary.

N805WP: Holomua
N806WP: Niau
N809WP: Hokū-pa‘a
N829EX: Kūmakani

A big mahalo to Island Air for allowing us to attend the events!

1 comment:

Moku Pics said...

There was a time, not so long ago, when it looked as if Island Air was going to take over the interisland market with the Q400. Well, that led to a near-bankruptcy and the fleet of 11 aircraft shrunk back to the original 4. Sadly, that is where things have stayed with pilots on furlough for years and no real plan for the future.

That said, congratulations on 30 years. It's good to see the place is still chugging along. Also good to see Mikey in the second photo. One of the long-time stalwarts of the ramp.
Aloha Island Air employees!