A popular option for air service from Oahu to Molokai, Lanai will be discontinued

A popular option for air service from Oahu to Molokai, Lanai will be discontinued

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ohana by Hawaiian flights to Molokai and Lanai will be discontinued Thursday, in a blow to residents who rely on the service.

With the airline stopping flights, the only option left is Mokulele Airlines’ nine-seat turboprops.

Elton Kinoshita, principal at Lanai High and Elementary School, said he was “heartbroken” at news that Ohana by Hawaiian was stopping service.

“I’m constantly bringing back things from Oahu. Even for my school, my teachers,” he said.

Lanai resident Jennifer Pimentel said her family travels to Oahu for their medical appointments. Her 8-year-old son had spinal surgery and needs to see a specialist.

“For my family of four to travel to Oahu, it’s going to cost up $950 to $1,000 for a family of four, which is tremendous,” she said.

Lanai resident William Sankey flies to see his wife, who works on Oahu.

“It’s making it more difficult for me to get goods over here at a good price and it reduces the time that I’m able to spend with my wife,” said Sankey.

“Not really happy about it,” he added.

Lanai residents say they’re sad to say aloha to Ohana, but understand there was a price for the pandemic.

“I understand the business side of it and I’ve been on flights where there were six passengers and I know Ohana, actually Empire Airlines, was taking a bath financially so I do get it,” said Kinoshita.

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