Makani Kai Air

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Makani Kai Air
HubsHonolulu International Airport
Fleet size7
Company sloganThe Only Carrier Specializing in Molokai
Headquarters100 Kaulele Place, Honolulu, Hawaii
Key people
  • Richard Schuman, Owner[1]
  • Diane Schumam, CFO[2]

Makani Kai Air, a subsidiary of Schuman Aviation Company, Ltd., is an FAA Part 135 scheduled air carrier based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The airline offers regularly scheduled passenger service between Honolulu International Airport, Hoolehua Airport, Molokai, Kalaupapa Airport, Molokai, Kahului, Maui and Princeville Airport, Kauai. The airline charges a flat-rate airfare between locations. The airfare is good for every seat on every flight, every day. The scheduled service between Kalaupapa to Hoolehua Airport is among the shortest scheduled flights in the world.

Schuman Aviation Company, Ltd., also offers charter airplane and helicopter services statewide. Another subsidiary, Magnum Helicopters, offers doors off tours of the island of Oahu.

Makani Kai Air has been operating since 1998. It began regularly scheduled passenger service between Honolulu and Kalaupapa in 2009. In 2011, Makani Kai won the Essential Air Service contract for Kalaupapa, and commenced service under the contract in January 2012.[4] In June 2013, Makani Kai began regular daily service to "topside" Molokai at the Hoolehua Airport.[5] On May 1, 2019, Makani Kai Air began twice daily service between Honolulu International Airport and Princeville Airport on Kauai.


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
Hawaii Kailua-Kona Kona International Airport
Maui Kahului Kahului Airport
Molokai Hoʻolehua Molokai Airport
Molokai Kalaupapa Kalaupapa Airport
Oahu Honolulu Honolulu International Airport
Kauai Princeville Princeville 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. One passenger swam to shore, while 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.


  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.

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