First flight

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Southwest Airlines Vice President of Inflight Operations Sonya Lacore and Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality Steve Goldberg undo the traditional maile lei marking the opening of Southwest Airlines’ Lihue Station Sunday as Sabra Kauka watches.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sabra Kauka, right, officiates the blessing of the Southwest Airlines Lihue operations Sunday as Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality Steve Goldberg pours spring water into a calabash being held by Vice President of Inflight Operations Sonya Lacore, while Southwest Station Manager Stephen Rapazzo, left, holds the salt for the blessing.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Southwest Airlines associates kane ka pu to signal the start of a blessing Sunday morning as the carried initiated service to and from Lihue Airport.

  • Jessica Else / The Garden Island

    Robert Carner and Tracy Hendrix picked Southwest flight 1083 specifically because it was an inaugural flight from Kauai to Oahu.

  • Jessica Else / The Garden Island

    Robert Carner accepts a certificate commemorating the first Southwest flight from Kauai to Oahu as he boards the plane.

  • Jessica Else / The Garden Island

    Kimberly Garner celebrates the first Kauai-to-Oahu Southwest flight.

  • Jessica Else / The Garden Island

    Passengers throw shakas on the first Southwest flight from Kauai to Oahu.

LIHUE — Passengers cheered as the first Southwest Airlines flight out of Lihue landed in Honolulu on Sunday morning, marking the beginning of the carrier’s flights to and from Kauai.

3 Comments