Mokulele Airlines was founded in Hawaii in 1994 and is currently based in Kailua-Kona
Mokulele Flight Service
Mokulele was founded in 1994 by Rebecca “Kawehi” Inaba as Mokulele Flight Service. Her love of aviation must have been in the blood as her father was a pilot for Aloha Airlines. She partnered with Jules Dudoit who arranged for a certificate allowing the airline to provide circle-island and air tours that shared the beauty of Hawaii National Park and Maui with passengers.
The airline was purchased in 2005 by William “Bill” Boyer Jr. who took the company from charter to commuter status. In 2006 Boyer began flying Cessna Grand Caravans to Kapalua, Molokai, and Lanai under the name go!Express after reaching a deal with Mesa Air Group’s go! division.
Mokulele Hawaii’s Favorite Island Hopper
In Hawaiian the word Moku means island and Lele means to leap or hop. Since there was not a word for airline in the Hawaiian language, when the first plane was introduced native Hawaiians created the word Mokulele. So our name has two meanings 1. Airline 2. Island Hopper. We are proud of our Hawaiian heritage and it’s our mission to provide Hawaii’s smallest communities with flight services including Hana, Waimea, Kapalua, Kalealoa and Kalaupapa. We have grown to also offer services in Southern California. Mokulele is now proud to be offering Affordable Air Service to El Centro/Imperial, Los Angeles, and Santa Maria.