Hawaiian adds new service to Moloka'iUPDATED 8:19 PM HST Mar 11, 2014Video Transcript
A new airline service is adding the friendly isle to its itinerary. The inaugural flight of Ohana by Hawaiian Airlines took off this morning for Molokai. KITV4's Paul Drewes and videographer Sonny Ahuna were on board for this report. 19-25 37-45 101 107 117-123 138 nat of blessing@11:13 Ohana's new service begins with something old -- a traditional Hawaiian blessing and untying of the maile lei. 85 years ago, Hawaiian Airlines made Molokai its first destination when it started up service, but those flights ended a decade ago. mark@1:15-1:29 "since we suspended service 10 years ago because the jets we had weren't the right kind, we have been working out how we can get back. " Unlike Hawaiian's other jet service, Ohana service uses these new twin turboprop planes, decorated with an eye-catching kapa-inspired design. sig@5:56 "We put together a combination that really talks about where we come from, where we are going and what binds us together" nat@12:54 "thank you have a good flight..." The planes only seat 48 passengers, better suited for the state's smaller airports - like Molokai. Where young and old gathered to greet the inaugural flight nats@30:45 Welcome passengers and the new service. teri@38:03 "We've waited a long time for Hawaiian airlines to return to molokai and we're thrilled" paul standup@46:37- 46:47 "To give you an idea of how important this air service is to Molokai residents. Take a look at this turn out. Hundreds came out for what they hope is the start of a long relationship. weymouth@42:08 "I hope it stays for a while, forever cause we need transportation here" Mokulele Airlines currently serves Molokai, but Island Air will stop flights to the friendly isle next month. Residents say they're all for more flights.. And more reliability ... jackie@36:42-36:57 "delays, delays. Today tomorrow there are delays, and you need to get over to the doctor in Honolulu and your time is used up already" Hawaiian Airlines says Ohana passengers will benefit by being a part of their same frequent flyer program. While residents hope the new service will also have Hawaiian's industry leading on-time record. On Molokai, Paul Drewes KITV 4 news. In addition to three daily flights between Molokai and Honolulu, Ohana will start daily service to Lanai next week. Hawaiian Airlines is also looking to expand to other small airports - like Kapalua in the future.