Island Air held a blessing ceremony for their new ATR72-212, N941WP (msn 349), today, in their hangar. The ATR72 was also given the name "Manawanui" (Hawaiian for Steadfastness and Perseverance). It will remain as N348AE for the time being.
A Hawaiian blessing was performed by Kahu Kelekona Bishaw. It also included the untying of the maile lei that was on the railings of the main entry doors, by Island Air CEO Les Murashige and Island Air's Station Training Specialist Sumer Harrell.
At a press conference held after the blessing, Island Air CEO Les Murashige (right) announced that the airline was purchased was by Larry Ellison. Also at the press conference were Paul Marinelli, VP Lawrence Investments (left), and Michael Rodynuck, Senior Consultant (center).