Beginning next week, ‘Ohana by Hawaiian will expand its Maui routes, including adding flights between Kahului and Molokai.
‘Ohana by Hawaiian, the new Hawaiian Airlines subsidiary launched in March, will begin service for its new routes July 8. Daily flights will begin between Kahului, Maui and Molokai; Kahului and Kona, Hawaii Island; and Kahului and Hilo. Also announced is an additional flight between Honolulu and Molokai, which also will operate for the summer period, increasing its existing service from three times daily to four times daily between Oahu and Molokai.
“Since launching ‘Ohana by Hawaiian earlier this year, we’ve received overwhelmingly positive response and robust demand for more service between the islands to connect our communities,” said Hadden Watt, ‘Ohana by Hawaiian managing director. “We are excited to answer the call for more service from our customers, offering them more convenience and flexibility when planning their neighbor island travel.”
The new flights, to be operated by Empire Airlines, are scheduled to leave Molokai daily at 8:38 a.m., arriving in Kahului at 9:02 a.m. The return flight from Maui to Molokai leaves daily at 4:41 p.m., arriving on Molokai at 5:05 p.m.
The two additional summer flights between Molokai and Honolulu will leave Honolulu at 7:45 a.m., arriving at 8:13 a.m. The additional flight from Molokai leaves daily at 5:30 p.m., arriving in Honolulu at 5:58 p.m.
‘Ohana by Hawaiian operates its flights using 48-seat ATR-42 aircraft with a special livery designed by Hilo-based artist Sig Zane and his son Kaha’o, who both used Hawaiian Airlines’ interisland route map as inspiration for the design, weaving three kapa patterns: piko (navel), representing ancestry and progeny; manu (bird), representing both a bird in flight and the prow of a canoe, the traditional form of migration; and kalo (taro), representing family. The ATR-42 aircraft are named after a significant wind on each of the islands that ‘Ohana by Hawaiian will serve: Holo Kaomi of Paoma’i, Lana’i; Kai ulu of Wai’anae, O’ahu; and Hikipua of Halawa, Molokai.