Abercrombie Releases Money for Hawaii Airports – ITO to Get $3.3 Million

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $335 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP). These funds will improve the air travel experience for Hawaii’s residents and visitors that drive our economy, while invigorating our growing construction industry and creating local jobs in the process.

“We have seen great strides in our Hawaii Airports Modernization Program over the past few years, and the release of these funds is evidence that we remain committed to transforming our airports into world-class facilities,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Any investment in our airports is an investment in our economy and jobs.”

Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor:

Kahului Airport Consolidated Car Rental Facility

Kahului Airport Consolidated Car Rental Facility

$305,500,000 – Consolidated Car Rental Facility and Roadway Improvements, Kahului Airport, Maui – Construction funds for a multi-level consolidated car rental facility that will include a customer service building, quick turnaround, ready and return vehicle parking spaces, four 15,000-gallon fuel storage tanks, a people mover system to and from the terminal, site improvements, roadway connections to airport terminal roadways, additional employee parking spaces and potential flat-plate, non-reflective photovoltaic panels. The new facility will provide added customer convenience and will reduce traffic congestion at the airport. Access to the new facility will be through a new access road from Hana Highway to Airport Loop Road.

$14,460,000 – Overseas Terminal, 2nd Level Roadway Improvements, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Construction funds to improve the 2nd level roadway fronting the Overseas Terminal. Improvements will include repair of the concrete roadway, replacement of existing expansion joints, drainage system repairs, roadway lighting system repairs, hazardous material abatement and demolition of existing planter boxes.

$11,749,000 – Concession Improvements, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Construction funds for an additional 28,000 square feet of concession space for the Ewa Concourse, which currently has just 5,200 square feet. The project will include the demolition and/or renovation of existing restrooms and the enclosure of the exterior sidewalk by relocating the existing curtain wall to the Wiki-Wiki shuttle roadway, including necessary interior improvements. The concession area development should allow the state Department of Transportation to maximize potential sales revenue, and improve the passenger experience by bringing the concessions closer to the gates.

$3,300,000 – Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility Improvements, Hilo International Airport, Hawaii Island – Construction funds for a new ARFF station to replace the current one, which does not meet the requirements set by the Federal Aviation Administration. The current ARFF building will be utilized for storage upon completion of the new facility.

Toyota Hawaii Awards Twelve Local Student Winners in 2014 Dream Car Art Contest

Yesterday, Big Island Toyota awarded Mountain View Elementary School teacher Kerry Ogawa of with a $250 gift card for school supplies for her participation in Toyota’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest. Mrs. Ogawa received her award at Big Island Toyota in Hilo.

Toyota awarded Mountain View Elementary School teacher Kerry Ogawa of with a $250 gift card.

Kerry Ogawa and Kurt Williams of Big Island Toyota

Toyota Hawaii held statewide award presentations at its dealerships on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island to recognize the local finalists, People’s Choice winners, and winning school teachers in Toyota’s 2014 Dream Car Art Contest. Among the more than 500 entries received, only nine (three from each age category) were selected to participate to move on to the World Contest to represent Hawaii where the Grand Prize winner(s) will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan for the awards ceremony in August 2014.

The celebrity emcees at the Oahu event were Hawaii News Now’s Tannya Joaquin and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu’s Director of Public Relations Mahealani Richardson.

“It gives us great pleasure to submit our finalists’ artwork into the World Contest,” said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President representing the Toyota Hawaii dealers. “Family and friends really rallied for their loved ones by encouraging the public to vote for their favorite entries in the People’s Choice Competition on our Facebook page. We received nearly 3,000 votes through Toyota Hawaii’s Facebook page.”

The winner in each category received an iPad Mini® and all other finalists each received $100 cash. All nine finalists’ entries have been submitted into the World Contest where winners will be announced this August.

Category 1 (Under eight years old):
1st Place: Ryan Handa, age 7, Kainalu Elementary School (Kailua)
2nd Place: Jackson Endo, age 7, Aina Haina Elementary School (Honolulu)
3rd Place: Jackson Endo, age 7, Aina Haina Elementary School (Honolulu)

Category 2 (Ages 8-11):
1st Place: Sheena Rae Reyes, age 10, Waimalu Elementary School (Aiea)
2nd Place: Karli Enos, age 11, Kapolei Middle School (Kapolei)
3rd Place: Emma Thain, age 11, homeschooled (Koloa, Kauai)

Category 3 (Ages 12-15):
1st Place: Emily Stone, age 13, Kamehameha Middle School (Kaneohe)
2nd Place: Teah Laupapa, age 12, Kapolei Middle School (Kapolei)
3rd Place: Rachelle Marie Lariba, age 13, Kapolei Middle School (Kapolei)

All finalists of the World Contest will enjoy a celebration in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, where they will meet Toyota Motor Corporation’s top executives.

People’s Choice Winners

From February 17 to March 9, 2014, Toyota Hawaii’s Facebook friends had the opportunity to view all eligible entries and vote for their favorites in each of the three age groups. The Facebook contest received an overwhelming response of nearly 3,000 votes and more than 6,500 unique visitors to the contest page.

The following entrants were awarded $100 cash and were automatically entered for final judging in the local competition for receiving the most votes in each category:

  • Category 1: Jackson Endo, age 7, Aina Haina Elementary School (Honolulu)
  • Category 2: Charlize Adrienne Agag, age 8, Kalihi Waena Elementary School (Honolulu)
  • Category 3: Teah Laupapa, age 12, Kapolei Middle School (Kapolei)

New this year was a teacher recognition component where one (1) random teacher from each island (Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island) and two (2) from Oahu had the opportunity to each win a $250 gift card for school/art supplies. Winners included:

  • Mrs. Kerry Ogawa of Mt. View Elementary (Big Island)
  • Mrs. Carolyn Bush of Kamali’i Elementary (Maui)
  • Ms. Glenda Salvador of Holomua Elementary (Oahu)
  • Mrs. Darlene Oshiro of Wahiawa Middle School (Oahu)

This year’s judging panel included Department of Education Art in Public Places Artist in Residence Resource Teacher Evan Tottori, Honolulu Museum of Art School Assistant Director Pearlyn Salvador, Hawaii News Now’s Tannya Joaquin, KHON2’s Kanoe Gibson, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Honolulu’s Director of Public Relations Mahealani Richardson, and Toyota Hawaii’s Glenn Inouye.

This international art contest was established in 2004 with the goals of creating an opportunity for children to have fun and to understand the importance of having a dream, while at the same time to encourage them to become interested in cars through drawing their “Dream Cars” using their creative imaginations.

Federal-Aid Highways 2035 Transportation Plan for the District of Hawaii

The Statewide Federal-Aid Highways 2035 Transportation Plan is being developed by the Hawaii State Department of Transportation (HDOT). This is the first time that a plan of this type has been prepared statewide. The Plan will provide a basis for making informed land transportation decisions through the year of 2035. This planning effort will embrace the values of the people of Hawaii and identify existing and future needs for the movement of people and goods utilizing all modes of land based transportation.

In conjunction with the development of the statewide Plan, the HDOT is updating the Regional Long-Range Land Transportation Plans for the Distrcits of Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai using a future horizon year of 2035. The new regional long-range plans, titled Federal-Aid Highways 2035 Transportation Plans for the Districts of Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai, were last updated in the late 1990’s. Since then, the State of Hawaii has experienced significant changes in population, development, and travel needs. To ensure a current and comprehensive statewide Plan, the regional Plans are being concurrently updated.

The statewide Plan will incorporate all the updated regional Plans and the Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP) 2035, which has been developed by the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) and completed in Spring 2011.

According to the State Integrated Transportation Planning Structure, the statewide Plan is categorized as the “Statewide Modal Plan/Strategy”, with its primary focus to identify long-term statewide program needs, and to set the framework for the regional Plans. The regional Plans are categorized as the “Facility Master Plans”.  Facility Master Plans are implementation plans focusing on the prioritization of programs and commitments.

To learn more about the project, see the plan development process, plan framework and plan stakeholders pages.  And to review long-range plan efforts accomplished, visit to the project materials page.

To participate in upcoming meetings and events, see the Get Involved! page. And to provide thoughts on these plan development efforts, contact us at the comment page.

Highway Plans

Draft Federal-Aid Highways 2035 Transportation Plan for the District of Hawaii

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Goals and Objectives
  3. Hawaii’s Transportation Context and Needs
  4. Potential Solutions
  5. Implementation

List of Appendices

Highway 190 Closed – Crews Addressing Chemical Spill from Overturned Tanker

The Hawaii Police Department is having traffic routed through Kaiminani Drive and Waikoloa Road due to a traffic accident on Route 190 near the 15 mile marker.

HPDBadgeCrews are addressing a chemical spill from this accident as a tanker type of vehicle overturned. Motorist should avoid this location and expect delays.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Overboard Crewmember of Container Ship

The Coast Guard suspended the search Wednesday for a Japanese crewmember reported overboard from the container ship Hercules Highway, approximately 805 miles northeast of Oahu.

Container ship Hercules Highway

Container ship Hercules Highway

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 8:23 a.m., Monday regarding the 23-year-old male who was reported overboard from the container ship Hercules Highway.

The crewmember was last seen at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday.

As part of the AMVER program, the motor vessel’s St. Andrews, Anne Gret and the UACC Masafi assisted the Hercules Highway in the search for the crewmember.

AMVER, sponsored by the Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

Approximately 2,255 square miles were searched.

The Coast Guard regularly coordinates with DoD, commercial vessels that are part of the AMVER program and international partners to conduct searches in the Pacific where extreme distances often limit the resources immediately available to respond.

The 14th Coast Guard District area of responsibility encompasses more than 12.2 million square miles of the Central and South Pacific.

 

Man Overboard! Coast Guard Searching for Man Reported Overboard from Container Ship

The Coast Guard is searching for a male crewmember reported overboard from a container ship approximately 805 miles northeast of Oahu, Monday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 8:23 a.m., regarding a 23-year-old male Japanese national who was reported overboard from the container ship Hercules Highway.

Container ship Hercules Highway

Container ship Hercules Highway

The crewmember was last seen at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched to the scene and the ship has changed course and is searching for the missing crewmember.

As part of the AMVER program, the motor vessel’s St. Andrews, Anne Gret and the UACC Masafi are assisting in the search.

The Coast Guard regularly coordinates with DoD, commercial vessels that are part of the AMVER program and international partners to conduct searches in the Pacific where extreme distances often limit the resources immediately available to respond. The 14th Coast Guard District area of responsibility encompasses more than 12.2 million square miles of the Central and South Pacific.
AMVER, sponsored by the Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

Weather conditions on scene are winds of approximately 28 mph, seas of 12 feet and a water temperature of approximately 69 degrees.

For more information, contact the 14th Coast Guard District external affairs office at (808) 535-3230.

Changes in State ID Card and Driver’s License Application Process

Beginning May 1, 2014, the cost of a state identification card and the documents required to obtain a driver’s license will change.

State ID’s will cost $32.00 in Kauai County with a fee of $4 per year, and $40.00 in Honolulu, Maui and Hawaii counties with a fee of $5 per year. The state ID is good for 8 years, and a duplicate will cost $7 in Kauai County and $6 in Honolulu, Maui and Hawaii counties.

Hawaii Drivers License SampleThose obtaining a driver’s license will be required to present two forms of proof of principal residence in Hawaii. Principal residence is defined as the location where a person currently resides even if the residence location is temporary. Any two of the following documents (original or copy) with the applicant as the addressee and stating the applicant’s principal residence will be acceptable proof:

  1. A current valid Hawaii driver’s license;
  2. Vehicle registration or title;
  3. A current voter registration card or other mail addressed to the applicant from a government or medical entity that is not more than two months old;
  4. Utility bill that is not more than two months old with applicant’s name and address;
  5. Checking or savings account statement not more than two months old;
  6. Payroll check or check stub issued by an employer within two months of the application date;
  7. Current mortgage account or proof of home ownership;
  8. Residential rental or time share contract for six months or more;
  9. United States income tax return, W-2 form or 1099 SSA benefits form from the previous year;
  10. Hawaii income tax return from the previous year or W-2 form;
  11. Receipt for personal property taxes paid to a county within the State of Hawaii within the last year;
  12. Medical card issued by a health insurance agency with principal residence address printed on it;
  13. Documentation dated not more than ninety days prior to making application that the individual is receiving State of Hawaii public assistance;
  14. Current property tax assessment bill or statement;
  15. A stamped department of taxation form A-6, application for tax clearance that is not more than six months old;
  16. Homeless applicants may use the address of their current shelter agency, or if not staying in a shelter, may use the general delivery of the post office nearest where they spend most of their time;
  17. Applicants documenting enrollment in a State or Federal address confidentiality program which allows an applicant to obtain and use alternative addresses may use an alternative address on the card but must provide the applicant’s permanent address for file purposes;
  18. P.O. Box numbers are not acceptable to indicate principal residence address unless a number and street name have not been assigned for U.S. mail delivery. An address convention used by the U.S. Postal Service is acceptable;
  19. Affidavit indicating that the applicant currently resides with the affiant, provided the affiant’s address can be verified and the affidavit is notarized within two months of the application date; or
  20. Other documents the examiner of drivers accepts as proof of principal residence in the State of Hawaii.

New Stop Added to UH Hilo Bus Service

UH Hilo Moniker

The County Mass Transit Administration has revised its bus service for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College to include an additional stop at the new UH Hilo Bookstore by the University’s main Kawili Street entrance, effective Monday, April 14, 2014.

The Hele-On Bus timetable runs Monday through Saturday and offers services to and from the University and HawCC within Hilo. Visit www.heleonbus.org for schedules, including transportation to Kona, Pahoa, Volcano, Pahoa, Keaukaha and other areas.

U Drive U Text U Pay – Big Island Police Increasing Enforcement of Distracted Drivers

Hawaiʻi Island police will increase enforcement of distracted driving as part of a national campaign called “U Drive U Text U Pay” which runs April 10 through April 15.

UDriveUTextUPayDistracted driving is a problem of national concern. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration finds that the task of driving requires a driver’s full attention in focusing on the roadway and driving maneuvers. Any distraction that diverts a driver’s attention from the primary tasks of maneuvering the vehicle and responding to critical events increases the driver’s risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash. A distraction is anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, mind off the road or hands off the wheel.

On July 1, 2013, the State of Hawaiʻi enacted law prohibiting the use of cellular phones and other mobile electronic devices while operating a vehicle (with certain exceptions) and to specifically prohibit activities such as texting, instant messaging, gaming and e-mailing, which take a driver’s eyes off the road, mind off the road and hands off the wheel.

26-Year-Old Identified in Highway 130 Fatality

A 26-year-old Hilo man died Sunday (April 6) from injuries he received in a two-vehicle collision on the Keaʻau-Pāhoa Road (Route 130) between the 3- and 4-mile markers in Keaʻau.

HPDBadgeResponding to a 4:31 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the Hilo man was operating a 2010 Subaru multi-purpose vehicle and traveling west on the Keaʻau-Pāhoa Road when he overtook another vehicle and collided with a 2004 Ford F-350 pickup truck traveling east.

The driver of the Ford pickup truck, a 52-year-old Keaʻau man, was transported to Hilo Medical Center with minor injuries. He was also arrested for suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant and was released pending investigation.

Police are also investigating whether the driver of the other vehicle may have been intoxicated and speeding.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

He was identified as 26-year-old Matthew S. Therrien of Hilo.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

This is the fourth traffic fatality on Hawaiʻi Island this year compared with 11 at this time last year.

Island Air Signs Purchase Agreement for up to Six Planes – Looking to Expand

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Hawaii Island Air, Inc. (Island Air) has placed a firm order for two Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has also taken options for four additional Q400 NextGen aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered with a dual-class, 71-seat configuration. Island Air is Hawaii’s leading regional airline and second oldest carrier.

Q400 NextGen turboprop

Inside a Q400 NextGen turboprop

Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen airliner, the firm order is valued at approximately $60.9 million US. The value could increase to $188 million US should Island Air exercise all its options.

“As part of our ongoing restructuring and expansion strategy, the Island Air team considered a number of aircraft and we are pleased to announce the selection of the Q400 NextGen turboprop. With its superior speed, performance and fuel efficiency; outstanding operational flexibility; and market-leading passenger comfort, the Q400 NextGen aircraft is the optimal solution for our needs,” said Paul Casey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Island Air.

“We are pleased to partner with Bombardier as Island Air moves to redefine regional travel within the Hawaiian Islands and offer our passengers the premium product they expect. The Q400 NextGen aircraft is clearly the most suitable airliner for Island Air and will provide a superior passenger experience coupled with unbeatable performance. My experience with Bombardier over the years has been nothing but positive which has further led to our selection of the Q400 NextGen aircraft for the next chapter of Island Air,” said Island Air’s owner, Larry Ellison.

“We are proud to welcome Island Air back to the Bombardier family and we are excited to see the Q400 NextGen airliner take to Hawaiian skies,” said Ryan DeBrusk, Regional Vice President, Sales, Americas, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 NextGen aircraft with its superior passenger comfort and market-leading performance characteristics will serve Island Air well as it embarks on its re-fleeting strategy.”

“The Q400 NextGen aircraft is designed to respond to the needs of an evolving market and our growing customer base shows that the aircraft is creating excellent value for operators and meeting a wide variety of business requirements. This operational flexibility maximizes the profit potential of the aircraft and positions it well ahead of competitive aircraft,” said Ray Jones, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “I’m delighted that Island Air has chosen to re-join the Bombardier family and I wish the airline much success in its future ventures.” Island Air currently offers flights to and from the islands of Oahu, Maui, Lanai and Kauai.

Over 600 Attend “Discover Your Future in Aviation” Event

Over 600 people attended Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 5th “Discover Your Future in Aviation” event yesterday, Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10am to 4pm. Attendees consisted of young people interested in aviation as a career or hobby, schools, Scouts, aviation enthusiasts, and families.

aviation future6

The special aviation day featured a Moon Rover, hands-on workshops, remote control flying, open cockpits, a career fair, flight lab, and interactive science exhibits. Historic re-enactors appeared as Amelia Earhart, Rosie the Riveter, a Zero pilot, and more.

aviation rover

In celebration of Women’s History Month and the contribution of women in aviation, the Museum honored Captain Sharyn Emminger Dey, the first female pilot to fly for Hawaiian Airlines who captained the highly publicized flight of the first all-women flight crew of a United States scheduled air carrier. She was available to meet and greet guests at the event.

 

Ainaloa Boulevard Sidewalks Getting Extended to Highway

New sidewalks are being constructed along both sides of Ainaloa Blvd in Puna.

Ainaloa Way

The sidewalks will connect to Highway 130.

The County of Hawaii, Department of Public Works Highway Maintenance Division is constructing these sidewalks.  They are excavating the roadway shoulders in increments of 500-feet to 1,000-feet, and closing lanes to allow for equipment.  The alternating lane closures are Monday-Friday 8:00 – 2:00 PM.  Sidewalk completion is scheduled for mid-April 2014 weather permitting.

Coast Guard Releases Information of Tuna Boat Sinking – Master and Chief Engineer Presumed Dead

The Coast Guard released the results of its investigation into the June 2010 sinking of the U.S. flagged Distant Water Tuna Fleet vessel Majestic Blue 2,100 miles southwest of Hawaii, Friday.

F/V Majestic Blue

F/V Majestic Blue

The investigation revealed twenty-two crewmembers safely abandoned ship and were rescued by a sister ship but the master and chief engineer remain missing and presumed deceased.

The investigation was unable to determine the exact cause of flooding that originated in the steering compartment where steel work was previously performed during an overseas shipyard visit.

However, the investigation determined that the immediate secondary cause of the sinking was due to a shipboard practice of leaving watertight doors open. This caused continued progressive flooding through the open doors throughout the vessel.

In addition, response to the flooding was hampered because the engineering officers could not read or communicate in English and were unfamiliar with emergency response procedures. Under special legislation afforded to the Distant Water Tuna Fleet only the vessel’s captain needed to be a U.S. citizen.

The Coast Guard investigating officer recommended and the Coast Guard commandant concurred that a large fishing vessel of this size should receive additional oversight.

“A benefit of sharing a report of investigation is an opportunity for all fishermen and mariners to learn something from this casualty,” said Cmdr. Jonathan Maiorine, chief of inspections and investigations for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District. “By reevaluating their own onboard procedures for training, communications and emergency drills we hope to prevent similar tragedies in the future.”

Click to view report

Click to view report

The entire report of investigation is available for download on the Coast Guard Homeport website under the investigations tab.

For more information regarding the report of investigation, contact Cmdr. Jonathan Maiorine at (808) 535-3421.

Hilo International Airport Adds New Speed Bumps to Address Speeding Concerns

The state Department of Transportation (HDOT), Airports Division, advises Hilo motorists of new speed bumps that will be installed at the Hilo International Airport fronting the terminal building on Monday, March 24, to address community concerns about speeding in the area.

Airport Speed Bumps

The first speed bump will be installed at the crosswalk on the Terminal Access Road across from the rental car lot. It will be monitored for the several weeks to help motorists and pedestrians adjust to the new changes. The HDOT plans to eventually install speed bumps at all crosswalk locations. Signs will be in place to warn drivers of the alteration.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution while entering the airport terminal area and to be aware of the new modifications.

Big Island Lady Goes Ballistic Test Driving Car – Video Goes Viral

This Big Island Lady went ballistic yesterday test driving a car.  The car salesman simply asked her to drive the speed limit and she totally lost it.  A friend of mine said “this happened yesterday (3/22/14) at my car lot. The guy on the test drive is my co-worker. He posted this video to youtube this morning and is going viral all over the internet.”

WARNING VIDEO CONTAINS VIOLENT AND RACIAL LANGUAGE:

My friend went on to say, “We know the lady is a former customer of ours and has bought several cars from us prior. We are 95% sure we know her identity, but the salesman working the sale failed to obtain a copy of her driver’s license, so we’re not 100% positive.

Mokulele Airlines Honoring Flights Purchased on go! Airlines

Mesa Air Group has announced that it is shutting down the interisland airline go! effective April 1.  Mokulele Airlines, Hawaii’s low-cost interisland air carrier, is honoring the flights purchased on go! Airlines for travel on Mokulele where available. For go! flights that were purchased on Mokulele’s website for travel to Kaua’i and Hilo, passengers should contact Mokulele for refunds. Mokulele Airlines has had a code share agreement with go! since November 2011 when TransPac Aviation purchased the turbo prop division from Mesa Air Group.

mokulelejet

For over two years, Mokulele has differentiated itself from go! by creating a new brand image that includes a new logo and color scheme. Mokulele also established its own counters at the airports it serves. Mokulele Airlines currently serves eight airports on five islands with plans for two additional airports to open later in 2014.

Mokulele Airlines has added nine new Cessna Grand Caravans to its fleet in the last 12 months due to increasing demand for low cost, interisland travel. For most of the airline’s destinations, Mokulele is offering a rate of just $59 one way, including taxes and fees, for reservations made by March 31, 2014. The $59 fares are based on availability, seats are limited, and reservations can be made online at www.mokuleleairlines.com.

Go! Airlines to End Operations in Hawaii – Questions and Answers

Mesa Air Group, Inc. (“Mesa” or “Company”) announced today that it will cease its Hawai’i operations effective April 1, 2014.

go! Mokulele – Hawaii ’s Low Fare AirlineSince June 2006, go! has served its nearly five million passengers with safe, reliable and low fare service. The decision to cease operations in Hawaii follows significant growth in the Company’s flight operations on the mainland and was a strategic decision to focus the organization on maximizing its growth in the capacity purchase “codeshare” operations which comprise over 98 percent of the Company’s business “While this was an extremely difficult decision to reach, we believe it is in the best interest of Mesa’s long term strategic objectives, particularly given the Company’s ongoing expansion of aircraft in service with United Airlines and US Airways.

Mesa will be placing into service 30 EMB 175 aircraft with United beginning in June 2014, and is adding 4 CRJ-900 aircraft with US Airways in 2014, having added 9 CRJ-900s in 2013,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With the significant expansion opportunities in flying large regional jets in contracted service, we are re-deploying the go! aircraft to support our existing mainland operations.

Go!Mokulele

An additional factor that we accounted for was the long term increase in the cost of fuel, which has more than doubled since go! began service and has caused sustained profitability to be elusive” continued Ornstein. Under the terms of an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, go! will be able to re-book passengers ticketed through go! for travel scheduled between April 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014 in specifie fare classes on Hawaiian’s Interisland network. go! will refund tickets for passengers who cannot be accommodated on Hawaiian Airlines, or for passengers holding tickets for travel after June 30, 2014.

All ticket holders will be contacted by go! reservations representatives regarding the re-accommodations. Customers and travel agents needing additional information may call 1-888-435-9462 or visit the website .

go! will continue to provide its passengers with safe and reliable transportation through its last day of service, and will work with our passengers and Hawaiian Airlines to minimize the impact that this announcement will have on our passengers,” noted Chris Pappaioanou, President of go!. “On behalf of Mesa Air Group, I would like to thank all of our many loyal passengers and the continued hard work and dedication of our employees – all of whom will be given an opportunity to continue their employment with Mesa Airlines.

While we say goodbye to our many passengers in Hawaii, we look forward to serving you on the mainland through our significant codeshare operations,” continued Ornstein. Mesa currently operates 71 aircraft with approximately 407 daily system departures to 85 cities, 36 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively. The Company was founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982.

FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I have a reservation for travel on go! between March 17, 2014 and March 31, 2014. Do I need to do anything?
A: No, go! will be operating its full flight schedule through March 31, 2014. Only passengers with travel on go! beginning on April 1, 2014 and beyond are affected by this announcement.

Q: I have a travel reservation for a flight after April 1, 2014, what should I do?
A: All passengers holding tickets for flights on April 1, 2014 and beyond will be contacted by go! reservations staff to discuss their reservations. go! has reached an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines to accommodate eligible ticket holders onto flights operated by Hawaiian Airlines. Passengers who are not able to be accommodated onto Hawaiian Airlines will receive a refund.

Q: I am a travel agent with a customer that holds a ticket on go! what should I do?
A: All travel agency bookings must be reaccommodated by go! reservations. Travel Agents should call (888) 435-9462 for assistance.

Q: Should I contact Hawaiian Airlines directly?
A: No, all changes to reservations must be initiated by go!’s reservation department.

Q: I bought my ticket through a travel agency and am not sure what to do?
A: go!’s reservations department will work directly with your travel agent to assist with changes to your reservation. Your travel agent can reach us at (888) 435-9462.

Q: What if I am holding a go! ticket for travel after June 30, 2014?
A: All passengers holding tickets for travel after June 30, 2014 will receive a refund from go!

Q: Can I request a refund even if I am holding a go! ticket for travel on June 30, 2014 or earlier?
A: Passengers holding tickets for travel between April 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014 may request a refund from go!

Q: What if I am unable to travel at the times go! is offering for the new flight schedule?
A: Passengers will be advised of availability for reaccommodation, and any passenger declining the available flights and times will receive a refund.

Q: What if I am holding a reward redemption ticket for travel on go!?
A: Reward redemptions are limited to flights operated by go! through March 31, 2014.

Q: Will I receive a new confirmation number for my flights on Hawaiian Airlines?
A: Yes, when your flight is reaccommodated onto a Hawaiian Airlines flight, you will be issued a new confirmation number.

Q: What number should I call if I have any more questions or need more information?
A: Passengers are encouraged to visit www.iflygo.com for information regarding this announcement and may also contact go! directly at (888) 435-9462.

Q: I booked my travel on Mokulele Airlines and it includes a flight on go!, what should I do?
A: All passengers who purchased tickets from Mokulele Airlines should contact Mokulele to discuss their travel and/or refund options.

If you are requesting a refund, please complete the following form:  Refunds
If you are traveling between now and March 31 you can continue to book here: Booking

Landslide Closes Part of Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was closed past Kealakomo today due to large landslide:

Photo via NPS.

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Former Hawaii Superferry to Serve US Navy in Western Pacific

The Hawaii Superferry when it was harbored in Honolulu

The Hawaii Superferry when it was harbored in Honolulu

According to Defense News one of the former Hawaii superferries will be put into service in the Western Pacific:

Q. What is the rationale for counting Joint High-Speed Vessels (JHSVs)?

A. JHSVs would be a support ship. An important connector. In peacetime, they’re going to be operating forward supporting Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and riverine forces; theater cooperation forces such as the Seabees, point-to-point transportation of Marine Corps and Army forces. And in wartime they will be doing inter-theater transport.

I think of them as the LST [landing ship tank] of the total force battle network. Very shallow draft, can go into these austere ports and offload capability in support of the battle force. They will be very, very useful.

The [two recently-acquired] Hawaii Superferries [known as high-speed vessels, or HSVs] will not count. They do not have the capabilities of the JHSV, all they have are airline seats and you can put stuff on them. The JHSVs are specifically designed to support a company combat team. There are 104 racks, 312 airline bunks. They’re designed to transport an intact company combat team.

We will debate whether the HSVs should count as part of the high-speed vessel force that will be operating. But the JHSV and the HSV are not interchangeable.

So the universe of things we’re debating right now is how you count the PCs, the mine warfare vessels, the hospital ships and the Hawaii Superferries. The rest of the force will probably stay.

[NOTE: One of those Hawaii Superferries is being put into service in the Western Pacific to support Japan-based Marines, replacing a ship named WestPac Express. The Navy now has decided that the replacement ferry will count toward the battle force.]

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