Tag Archives: Molokai

Island Air to drop Molokai, Ohana by Hawaiian steps in

Island Air (Honolulu) will discontinue all passenger service to the island of Molokai and redeploy the ATR 72 to another route starting on April 1 per the Star Advertiser.

The decision was probably influenced by the plans of Ohana by Hawaiian to serve the route starting on March 11 from Honolulu.

Island Air now only serves three routes from Honolulu.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Freshly repainted ATR 72-210 N342AT (msn 345) displays the new 2014 livery at the Honolulu base.

Island Air: AG Slide Show

Route Map:

Island Air 1.2014 Route Map

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Makani Kai Air Cessna 208B Grand Caravan crashes into the water off of Molokai’s north shore, one dead

Makani Kai Air (Makani Kai Helicopters) (Honolulu) Cessna 208B Gran Caravan N687MA (msn 1002) (above) carrying eight passengers and a pilot crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the north shore of Molokai, Hawaii yesterday afternoon. State Health Department Director Loretta Fuddy died in the ditching. The single engine Caravan had departed from Kalaupapa bound for the Honolulu base.

According to the charter airline the company has been “providing air charter, air tours, aircraft management and aircraft maintenance since 1988”.

The airline specializes in aerial tours of Molokai from other points in Hawaii. Here is the information on this “Kalaupapa Experience” tour from the airline’s website:

Makani Kai Air Kalaupapa Experience

Read the full story from the Star Advertiser in Honolulu: CLICK HERE

Dramatic video of the Caravan ditching:

Video of a typical Molokai aerial tour:

Top Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. The ill-fated Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N687MA (msn 1002) taxies at Honolulu on October 25, 2013 (all others by Makani Kai Air).

Makani Kai Air logo