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22 Agents Join Island Air for New Kona Flights

June 9, 2016, 2:24 PM HST
* Updated June 9, 2:26 PM
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Plane rendering, courtesy Island Air.

Plane rendering, courtesy Island Air.

Island Air announced it has hired 22 employees for its new daily service to Kona International Airport starting Tuesday, June 14.

Beginning on June 14, Island Air will offer five daily round-trip flights between Honolulu and Kona, with connecting flights to Kahului and Līhu‘e.

Island Air’s check-in counter at Kona International Airport will be located in Terminal 1, and flights will depart from and arrive at Gate 5.

“We are proud to introduce our new Kona team members who are dedicated to providing outstanding customer service and ensuring passengers have the best interisland travel experience,” said David Uchiyama, Island Air’s president and chief executive officer. “We are excited to welcome these 22 individuals to the Island Air ‘ohana as we prepare to launch daily Kona service.”

The new team members, which include former Island Air employees, were recruited through job fairs and other outreach efforts to fill customer service agent, ramp agent and station manager positions.


The Kona employees have been undergoing extensive training for the past two months.


Shardae Kaupu Lopez, who is from Miloli‘i and started working for Island Air in 2012, will serve as the Kona station manager, overseeing the airline’s operations at Kona Airport.

Island Air’s Kona Team

Customer Service Agents
Makamae Kaeo-Koanui
Melissa Nunes
Dominique Ghandour
Michael Corbitt
Roger Grissom-Miller
Zachary Andrade
Pauline Carmichael-Shopay
Keiko Kanada
Gae Mitsuda
Sharon Harada
Tammy Awai


Ramp Agents
Tavita Laasaga
Douglas Vallente Jr.
Greg Nation
Terry Robso
RJ Sullivan
Stan Kaneo
Maile Comilla
Kelly Bennet
Chad Kalele
Garyn Akima

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

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