Kawehi Inaba, founder of Mokulele Airlines, shares story, lessons from 25 years of entrepreneurship

  • Kawehi Inaba, pictured here around 2003, started taking flying lessons at the age of 23, which ultimately led to her founding Mokulele Flight Service. (Courtesy photo)
  • Kawehi Inaba poses with Stan Little, the current owner of Mokulele Airlines. (Courtesy photo)

KAILUA-KONA — In 1986, Kawehi Inaba was working as a ticket agent at Aloha Airlines. Shortly after boarding passengers onto a Boeing 737 bound for Oahu, she had an intuitive thought — “I want to fly that, I want to become a pilot.”