Makani Kai Air begins flights

Ryan Collins / The Garden Island

Makani Kai Air owner Richard Schuman looks out at the runway prior to takeoff Wednesday morning at the Princeville Airport. Schuman started the airline in 2009.

Ryan Collins / The Garden Island

A Makani Kai Air PA31-350 lands on the runway of the Princeville Airport Wednesday morning as part of the official start of their service from Honolulu to Princeville. The airline plans to start with two daily flights between Oahu and Kauai.

PRINCEVILLE — A Piper Chieftain twin propeller, carrying nine passengers, makes its way over rainy Hanalei Bay and down onto the Princeville Airport runway.