Aloha Takes Its Final Flight

Susan Schroeder
Susan Schroeder
Michael Moore
Michael Moore

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Aloha's last inter-island flight arrived on Oahu late Monday night from Maui.

Hundreds gathered at Honolulu International Airport to greet the crew and passengers.

From the tarmac to the gate, those who have made their mark in Aloha Airlines' decades-long history, end their last day with dignity.

"It's surreal. It's hard to believe it's ending. We've been here 18 years. Half our lives have been here, you know," said Susan Schroeder, former employee.

Crowds swarm the crew at Honolulu International Airport, as they disembark from Aloha's very last flight. Rather than dwelling on the airlines' financial fallout, many of the company's 3,500 employees are celebrating the success of Aloha's 61-year-run.

"We're just proud of each other, and what we did, and what we've accomplished as employees. Everybody stuck it out right up until the end," said Michael Moore, pilot.

For many, the end is an emotional one -- a testament to the kind of camaradarie among employees, and proof there is more to aloha than just a company name.

"We have a bond, it's a unity. It's a true spirit of Aloha, as you can see all around you. We're here for each other whether it's good or bad," said Kahala Pazsoldan, former employee.

Employees walk away thankful for the community's support over the years, and for the memories they can take with them even after what many call their second home is gone.