‘Ohana by Hawaiian Celebrates First Flight to Kapalua, West Maui on the Airport’s 30th Anniversary

Memorial wall honoring former Hawaiian Airlines CEO John H. Magoon unveiled

KAPALUA, Maui – ‘Ohana by Hawaiian today welcomed its maiden flight to Kapalua Airport (JHM) in West Maui, exactly 30 years to the day the airport opened and Hawaiian Airlines launched its inaugural service. The carrier’s 48-seat, ATR-42 turboprop aircraft now operates two roundtrip flights daily from JHM to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and one flight between JHM and Kahului Airport (OGG).

“Kapalua Airport has played an integral part in our company’s history, and we are delighted to restart service on the 30th anniversary of Hawaiian’s first flight to West Maui as we continue serving the travel needs of our community,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “This daily Kapalua service will complement our existing flights at Kahului Airport and make it even more convenient for kama‘āina and visitors alike to visit the Ka’anapali coast.”

“The new routes to Kapalua serviced by ‘Ohana by Hawaiian will bring increased air travel choices to the Valley Isle,” said Ford Fuchigami, director of the state Department of Transportation. “The Hawaii Department of Transportation is pleased to welcome Hawaiian Airlines back to Kapalua Airport. HDOT is confident that this will benefit residents and visitors alike through increased transportation accessibility.”

The daily flight schedule, operated by Empire Airlines, is as follows:

Flight No.




HA 661


09:55 a.m.

10:17 a.m.

HA 651


10:45 a.m.

11:26 a.m.

HA 652


12:06 p.m.

12:47 p.m.

HA 653


1:13 p.m.

1:54 p.m.

HA 654


2:30 p.m.


HA 662


3:40 p.m.

4:02 p.m.


Between March 1, 1987 and April 1, 1993, Hawaiian served the West Maui airport with its 50-seat de Havilland Dash 7 aircraft. The three-letter designator code JHM was given to the airport in honor of the man who built it: Hawaiian’s former CEO and Chairman John “Jack” H. Magoon, Jr., who presided over the airport’s planning and construction. Mr. Magoon, who bought Hawaiian Airlines in 1963, led many other notable company achievements during his tenure, including the introduction of jet service among the islands in 1966 with the arrival of the DC-9 aircraft and its first scheduled service between the islands and the U.S. West Coast in 1985.

In tribute to his success, a 9-foot tall by 12-foot wide memorial wall at JHM was revealed this morning by Hawaiian Airlines, the Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Members of the late Mr. Magoon’s family attended the dedication ceremony, including his wife Jeanette, his daughter Sara and son-in-law Peter Dudgeon, who served as Hawaiian’s president from 1980 to 1983.

“Jack Magoon was a defining leader of Hawaiian Airlines for more than two decades, and it’s an honor to see his contributions to commercial aviation in Hawai‘i memorialized at JHM today,” Ingram added.

About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian®, the world’s most punctual airline as reported by OAG, has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 88th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.

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'Ohana by Hawaiian's 48-seat ATR-42 turboprop aircraft was greeted with a water salute as it arrived at Kapalua Airport.  

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Jeanette Magoon, the wife of the late John "Jack" H. Magoon, was among the first guests to deplane the inaugural flight at Kapalua Airport. 

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The Hawaiian Airlines Serenaders performed music and hula to mark the resumption of flights between Honolulu International Airport and Kapalua Airport. 

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In tribute to Hawaiian's former CEO and Chairman John "Jack" H. Magoon, a 9-foot tall by 12-foot wide memorial wall marking key company accomplishments during his tenure was unveiled at Kapalua Airport. 

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