Showing posts with label Kamaka Air. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kamaka Air. Show all posts

24 June, 2024

Kamaka Air resumes flights to all Hawaiian Islands

Kamaka Air, Hawaii's premier inter-island air cargo company, is proud to announce it has resumed full flight operations servicing all islands in the state once again. Due to recent personnel transitions, Kamaka temporarily halted its flights on June 5 but ensured continued deliveries through a partnership with a third-party airline.

"At Kamaka Air, we understand the essential role our services play in delivering products, medications, and mail to residents across every Hawaiian island. We deeply regret any disruption caused by the events of last week," said David Hinderland, CEO of Kamaka Air. "Today, our planes are flying again, our teams are excited to be in the air, servicing our great Kamaka Air customers who depend on our deliveries for their everyday needs. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our customers for their patience."

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21 May, 2024

Kamaka Air is under new leadership with former Southwest Airlines directors taking the Helm

 Kamaka Air, the premier inter-island air cargo business based in Honolulu, announces a significant leadership transition as it continues its evolution under new ownership. The current ownership group, who acquired the company in 2022, is ushering in a new era by appointing two former directors of Southwest Airlines to lead the company into its next phase of growth.

Effective immediately, David Hinderland will assume the role of CEO, bringing with him more than 30 years of airline, air cargo and integrated logistics experience. Dave excelled in developing all aspects of air cargo business development including start-up cargo airline development, strategic marketing, sales management, advertising, promotions, ground operations, cargo facility development, international air cargo interline network programs and customer centric service strategies. During his tenure at Southwest Airlines, Dave was the Director of Cargo Marketing and Business Development for 19 years and led the cargo management team to generate double-digit revenue growth adding to the highly successful growth of Southwest Airlines passenger revenues of $18 billion.

Joining Dave is Ken Gile, who will serve as COO and leverage his extensive background in airline operations to drive Kamaka Air forward in the competitive air cargo market. Ken was one of the original flydubai employees, starting as COO.  He served in that position for 12 years developing and executing the strategic start-up plan that grew from zero aircraft to over 60 aircraft generating $3 billion in revenue. He was responsible for safety, maintenance, quality assurance, security, flight operations, scheduling, network-control and in-flight sales. Ken’s departments developed flydubai’s aircraft utilization plan, which afforded flydubai the ability to create one of the highest aircraft daily utilization rates. He was also an employee at Southwest Airlines for 25 years in flight operations serving in several key roles, the last two as Chief Pilot and Director of Flight Operations. During his tenure, Southwest Airlines experienced a historic network and revenue growth of 35x.

24 October, 2023

Kamaka Air revitalizes surfing culture for Maui survivors by aiding in the surfboard replacement project

                            In addition to its previous relief efforts of airlifting over 65,000 pounds of supplies to the Lahaina community, Kamaka Air, a regional air freight delivery company serving the State of Hawaii, continues supporting the citizens of Maui after the devastating August 8 wildfire transformed their livelihoods - causing a loss of personal possessions, homes, vehicles and for many, their beloved surfboards.

To the Hawaii community, surfboards are more than material possessions - they offer passage to a way of life embedded in Hawaii’s culture. He’e Nalu, otherwise known as surfing, is a practice that started in Hawaii decades ago. Surfing to the Hawaiian people is a spiritual conception that connects them to the God of the sea.

“Surfing can be a great way for people to heal – ocean therapy, saltwater therapy. The ocean is a healing place,” said Jad Lau, Maui surfboard shaper.

Kamaka Air’s partnership with Lau revitalizes Hawaii’s surfing culture for Maui survivors. The Surfboard Replacement Project is focused on replacing surfboard citizens lost to the fires by using the supplies provided by Na Kama Kai, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth by creating, conducting, and supporting ocean-based programs. So far, Kamaka Air has collected and transported over 80 donated surfboards to Maui.

“We are honored to continue our effort in restoring the Lahaina community in collaboration with Jud Lau and the Surfboard Replacement Project. We extend a special thank you to Liam McNamara, who organized all surfboard donations, and Luke Adolfson, who coordinated offloading all surfboards at Kapalua airport,” says Jim Petrides, President at Kamaka Air.

As Kamaka Air continues its philanthropic efforts in Maui, the Lahaina community further demonstrates its fortitude in reconstructing its livelihoods by riding on a wave of recovery and healing.