Makani Kai Air

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Makani Kai Air
HubsHonolulu International Airport
Fleet size3
Company sloganThe Only Carrier Specializing in Molokai
Headquarters130 Iolana Place, Honolulu, Hawaii
Key people
  • Richard Schuman, Owner[1]
  • Diane Schumam, CFO[2]

Makani Kai Air, a subsidiary of Schuman Aviation Company, Ltd., is a commuter and charter airline based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The airline offers scheduled passenger service from Honolulu International Airport to Molokai Airport, and to Kalaupapa Airport (also on the island of Molokai). On June 1, 2015, the airline began service between Molokai and Kahului and Kapalua on Maui. The airline charges a flat $50 airfare for every seat on every flight on its routes between Oahu, Molokai and Maui. The scheduled service between Kalaupapa to Molokai Airport is among the shortest scheduled flights in the world.

The company also offers charter airplane services statewide and helicopter tours of Oahu.

The company has been operating since 1998. It began operating scheduled passenger service from Honolulu to Kalaupapa, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program, in January 2012,[4] and from Honolulu to Molokai Airport in June 2013.[5]


All destinations served by Makani Kai Air are in the state of Hawaii in the United States. The following destinations are served:[6]

Island City Airport
Maui Kahului Kahului Airport
Molokai Hoʻolehua Molokai Airport
Molokai Kalaupapa Kalaupapa Airport
Oahu Honolulu Honolulu International Airport

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On December 11, 2013, a Cessna 208 Caravan operating a Makani Kai Air flight, ditched into the ocean a mile off Kalaupapa.[7] The aircraft's engine failed after take off from Kalaupapa Airport, on the island of Moloka'i, headed to Honolulu. The aircraft had one pilot and nine passengers on board. All persons on board exited the aircraft safely. State of Hawai'i Health & Social Services' Director Loretta Fuddy died in the water while awaiting rescue shortly after the crash. The NTSB has released a Probable Cause document regarding the accident dated May 23, 2016.

On January 5, 2009, about 1045 Hawaiian standard time, a Eurocopter AS 350 BA helicopter, N141MK, sustained substantial damage when it rolled over during a forced landing following a loss of engine power during approach to landing on a ridge top about 10 miles east of Honolulu, Hawaii. The commercial pilot and the passenger were not injured. The helicopter was being operated by Makani Kai Helicopters as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on demand charter flight.[8]

On July 7, 2002, about 1200 Hawaiian standard time, a Eurocopter AS350 BA, N141MK, collided with terrain while the pilot was attempting to land near Honolulu, Hawaii. Schuman Aviation, Ltd., was operating the helicopter under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 135. The pilot and three passengers were not injured; the helicopter sustained substantial damage.The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause(s) of this accident to be the pilot's failure to maintain adequate tail rotor clearance from the sloping terrain in unfavorable wind conditions.[9]

On December 3, 2001, about 1400 Hawaiian standard time, a Bell 206 B-2, N968YC, collided with the ground while hovering to load a work crew along Pearl Ridge, near Aieia, Oahu, Hawaii. The helicopter was owned by Schuman Aviation Company Ltd., d.b.a. Makani Kai Helicopters, and operated under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 133 as an external load operation. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The commercial pilot and three electric company crewmen, who were attempting to board the hovering helicopter, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight had originated from a staging area about 2 miles south of the accident site. The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause(s) of this accident to be the pilot's loss of lateral control while in a hover that resulted in a rollover and collision with the ground.[10]


  1. ^ "Makani Kai Air Staff". Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Makani Kai Air Staff". Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Makani Kai Air Staff". Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Makani Kai launches subsidized air service to Kalaupapa". Hawaii Business. January 17, 2012. Archived from the original on June 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Silverstein, Stephanie (June 5, 2013). "Makani Kai Air adds Honolulu-Molokai flights to schedule". Pacific Business News. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Makani Kai Air - The Only Air Carrier Specializing in Molokai". Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Pilot Described Catastrophic Engine Failure in Molokai Crash". Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  8. ^ "htmlReport". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  9. ^ "htmlReport". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  10. ^ "htmlReport". Retrieved 2018-02-07.

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