||An emergency landing
strip was established on Maui.
||Charles Fern carried the
first pay passenger interisland from Kapiolani Park to a
polo field in Makawao. However, between Molokai and Maui,
Fern’s gas gauge malfunctioned, indicating an empty tank
and forced him to land in a pasture near the Cookie Ranch
office on Molokai. After refueling, he headed for Maui.
Unable to locate the polo field, he landed instead at the
fair grounds in Kahului.
||Aviator Charles Stoffer
in "Charley’s Crate" delivered the Sunday
newspaper to Molokai then Maui, landing at Camp One near
||Maui received a $15,000
appropriation for acquisition of land for an
airport in Maalaea.
air service was started by Inter-Island Airways (now
Hawaiian Airlines) on November 11 with two Sikorsky
Amphibians, the "Hawaii" and "Maui".
The inaugural flight was from Honolulu to Hilo, landing at
Maalaea Field en route.
||Runways at Maalaea were set-up and extended using prison labor.
||Inter-Island Airways was
awarded an airmail contract on October 8.
began service to a small grass field located in Hamoa,
Maui–the original Hana Airport.
||Studies were conducted for
a new airport site on Maui.
||Maalaea airfield was
condemned; only small aircraft were permitted to land
Construction of a new Maui Airport
began on June 1 (later to become Puunene Airport).
||Puunene Airport is
gradually enlarged and improved from June 30, 1939 to
December 7, 1941. A small Naval Air Facility was
||The military began
expansion of Puunene Airport.
After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor
on December 7, all airports in Hawaii were taken over by
||Construction was started
on a Naval Air Station in Kahului (later to be named
Kahului Airport) as the Navy found it necessary, due to
the war, to establish another large air station on Maui.
||The Hawaii Aeronautics
Commission was formed by the Legislature and jurisdiction
of all territorial airports were transferred to it.
The Naval Air Station Kahului (NASKA)
offered the use of its Kahului Field to the Territory of
Hawaii in December. The Territory was able to secure a
20-year permit for the facility.
||Two contracts were awarded
for grading and fencing at Hana Airport.
||Fencing, runway, taxiway
and terminal paving began in October at Hana Airport.
||Hana Airport was opened on
||Airline operations were transferred from Puunene Airport to Kahului Airport on May
||A new tower and control
building were completed on October 2 at Kahului.
||Drinking water no longer
needed to be trucked to Hana Airport as a water system was
completed on March 19.
||Groundbreaking for a new
terminal building at Kahului Airport was held on February
were held on June 25 for the new Kahului Airport terminal.
||New security fencing was installed to meet FAA requirements.
||Charter flights from the
Mainland began arriving in Kahului.
||Scheduled direct flights
began arriving at Kahului.
were made to the Kahului terminal facility. Phase I
involved covering the open court area in the terminal.
A new roadway and parking system for
ground transportation was completed in December. Ground
transportation facilities were relocated to a separate
area of the airport.
||Three new baggage claim
devices were constructed and opened in January.
Modifications to the existing
baggage claim areas, new ground transportation facilities
for U-Drive operators, new restrooms, and relocation of
concession and gift shop facilities were completed in
Design of a new Kahului Airport
Terminal Complex began. Consisting of three phases, the
$36.5 million complex will take five years to complete.
Work includes additions and alterations to existing
structures, roads, parking areas, aprons, a new terminal,
taxiways, runways, landscaping, cargo terminal and
relocation of the FAA tower. Support facilities include a
new helipad and cargo terminal.
||The new $2.3 million
Commuter Terminal was dedicated on January 15. The
facility can accommodate eight commuter operators and
aircraft up to twin otters.
East Ramp Improvements which
subdivided the area for scenic flight aviation and
helicopter use was completed.
Site preparation work for a future
postal service building was completed.
Additional parking spaces were
||Construction of aircraft
hard stands was completed.
A ground breaking ceremony was held
on July 14 for the new Terminal Building at Kahului
Dedication of the new FAA tower was
held on December 16.
||Work to furnish and
install eight aircraft loading bridges for the new
terminal building began in February.
||The new $42.6 million
Kahului Airport Terminal Building was dedicated on October
17 and operations began on October 18. The new terminal
has 267,000 square feet and includes an 82,000 sq. ft.
ticketing terminal, group tour bus terminal and group
baggage drop off, and a 78,000 sq. ft. two-story Central
Building which houses the airport administration offices,
hold rooms, jetways, restaurant and concessions.
||A new 500,000 square foot
runway safety area, with a 2,000 square foot blast pad at
the south end of Runway 2-20 was completed in April.
The old terminal was converted into
a baggage claim facility, with five carousels, a flight
information display board and airline baggage service
Runway improvements around the
terminal were also constructed.
||Construction of four
additional hold rooms and 12 aircraft gates was completed
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility was relocated
on May 27.
The state undertook a Federal-State
EIS to lengthen the runway at Kahului. All construction
delayed until the EIS is completed.
||Work began on January 18
to relocate the Very High Frequency Omnidirection Radio
Range/Tactical Air Navigation System (VORTAC).
||A Record of Decision was
made on August 26 on the Kahului Environmental Impact
Statement by the FAA giving unconditional approval to all
projects except for the long-range projects. Mitigation
measures include an Alien Species Action Plan.
The theme developed for
Multi-Cultural improvements at the airport is Legends of
Maui: the Demigod.