Island Air celebrated its 30th year in business today with festivities at the Honolulu Commuter Terminal that included a lei greeting upon check-in, Hawaiian music and hula dancers.
The airline was launched in 1980 as Princeville Airways with scheduled service between Honolulu and Princeville, Kauai. The company now serves all major Hawaiian islands with 328 weekly flights using de Havilland Dash 8 turboprop aircraft.
Island Air employee Sterling Kalua composed a song for the anniversary which he performed at the event with coworkers Fred Reyes and Thomas Zamora-Castro. The song was recorded on a compact disc and copies were distributed to boarding passengers.