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Island Air Hires 27 for Līhu‘e Service Relaunch

March 10, 2016, 4:07 PM HST
* Updated March 11, 5:28 AM
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IslandAir-LihueEmployees-031016Island Air has hired 27 employees, including 19 from Kaua‘i and eight from O‘ahu, as it prepares to relaunch service to Līhu‘e on March 15.

The employees include eight returning team members.

“We are extremely proud to welcome these talented and dedicated individuals to our Island Air ‘ohana,” said Les Murashige, Island Air’s president and CEO. “In anticipation of our relaunch of service to Kaua‘i, the returning employees and the new hires have been undergoing extensive training and working toward our shared goal of providing customers with the best interisland travel experience.”

Leina Alcos, who previously worked for Island Air for eight years, returns as the Līhu‘e station manager, where she will oversee all station operations.

In addition to inviting former employees to re-apply, new team members were recruited through job fairs and other outreach efforts to fill positions that include customer service agents, ramp agents and station manager.


Returning Island Air Employees (Kaua‘i)

  • Leina Alcos, Līhu‘e Station Manager (eight years of service with Island Air)
  • Rocki Palau, Customer Service Shift Supervisor (four years of service with Island Air)
  • Kalani Ubongen-Kahahawai, Customer Service Shift Supervisor (two years of service with Island Air)
  • Pi‘ilani Nero, Customer Service Shift Supervisor (one year of service with Island Air)
  • U‘i Leanio, Customer Service Agent (one year of service with Island Air)
  • Tricia Araneta, Customer Service Agent (one year of service with Island Air)
  • Albert Carcueva, Customer Service Agent (one year of service with Island Air)
  • Wayne Doliente, Ramp Lead (one year of service with Island Air)

Newly Hired Employees (Kaua‘i)

  • Alexis Cadiz, Customer Service Agent
  • Dylan Kawamura, Customer Service Agent
  • Tammilyn Nishimoto, Customer Service Agent
  • Jacob “Smilie” Punzal, Customer Service Agent
  • Kristine Visitacion, Customer Service Agent
  • Kawehi Ho‘omanawanui, Lead Ramp Agent
  • Chilann Bukoski, Ramp Agent
  • Lauren Denton, Ramp Agent
  • Kevin Pongasi, Ramp Agent
  • Shylo Trujillo, Ramp Agent
  • Harry “Kaliko” Waahila, Jr., Ramp Agent

Newly Hired Employees (O‘ahu)

  • Alissa Texeira, Customer Service Agent
  • Mailynn Siuta, Customer Service Agent
  • Angelie Haban, Customer Service Agent
  • Sallytiana Tuifao, Customer Service Agent
  • Micah Alan Hawelu, Ramp Agent
  • Joshua Baker, Ramp Agent
  • Paul Perez, Ramp Agent
  • Marshall Delacruz, Ramp Agent

Island Air will resume service to Kaua‘i on March 15 with six daily round-trip flights between Honolulu and Līhu‘e, with connecting flights to Kahului. Island Air’s check-in counter at Līhu‘e Airport will be located in Lobby A between West Jet and United Airlines ticket counters, and flights will depart from and arrive at Gate 7.


For more information about Island Air, visit or call (800) 652-6541.

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