Mokulele Airlines is a family-owned and operated airline based in Kona, Hawaii
Mokulele Flight Service
Mokulele was founded in 1994 by Rebecca “Kawehi” Inaba as Mokulele Flight Service. Her love of aviation must have been in the blood as her father was a pilot for Aloha Airlines. She partnered with Jules Dudoit who arranged for a certificate allowing the airline to provide circle-island and air tours that shared the beauty of Hawaii National Park and Maui with passengers.
The airline was purchased in 2005 by William “Bill” Boyer Jr. who took the company from charter to commuter status. In 2006 Boyer began flying Cessna Grand Caravans to Kapalua, Molokai, and Lanai under the name go!Express after reaching a deal with Mesa Air Group’s go! division.
Mokulele Today- Ron Hansen, Owner
In 2011, fueled by a passion for aviation and a love of Hawaii, Ron Hansen’s Scottsdale, Arizona-based Transpac Aviation Inc. purchased Mokulele’s turbo-prop operation from Mesa Air Group. Ron Hansen, a pilot for more than 55 years, learned to fly in Hawaii and always had a sweet spot for the islands. When the Hansen family purchased the company, Mokulele consisted of just four planes and 40 employees. They operated 36 flights per day. Six months later they added a fifth Cessna Grand Caravan to the fleet. By 2013 Mokulele more than doubled their fleet, tripled their passenger count, and quadrupled the number of daily flights to between 120-150, putting Mokulele on the path to becoming “the best little airline in the world.” Mokulele has been owned be several companies. Currently under Ron Hansen’s leadership Mokulele has been profitable, successful, and a game changer for Hawaii. Ron believes that living in Hawaii and mentoring pilots is a dream come true.
Mokulele Hawaii’s Favorite Island Hopper
In Hawaiian the word Moku means island and Lele means to leap or hop. Since there was not a word for airline in the Hawaiian language, when the first plane was introduced native Hawaiians created the word Mokulele. So our name has two meanings 1. Airline 2. Island Hopper. We are proud of our Hawaiian heritage and it’s our mission to provide Hawaii’s smallest communities with flight services including Hana, Waimea, Kapalua, Kalealoa and Kalaupapa. We have grown to also offer services in Southern California. Mokulele is now proud to be offering Affordable Air Service to El Centro/Imperial, Los Angeles, and Santa Maria.
As a family airline, we are passionate about helping the communities we serve. It’s our kuleana to give back. That’s why we created the Mokulele Surf Team based on Maui. The team consists of kids ages 8-18. We sponsor each members air between the islands so they never miss the epic swells and also get the chance to collaborate with their peers state-wide. The Mokulele Surf Team are ambassadors of our brand and we are blessed to be able to help them.
To learn more: Mokulele Surf Team