Aloha, Southwest! Airline opens interisland service to Hilo

  • A Southwest Airlines plane is blessed by Kahu Daniel “Kaniela” Akaka Jr. as pilot Joseph “Makoa” Reid looks on. (Tim Wright/Special to the Tribune-Herald)
  • Southwest Airlines pilot Joseph “Makoa” Reid landed the airline's first flight to Hilo. (Tim Wright/Special to the Tribune-Herald)
  • Southwest Airlines received a water cannon reception from the Hilo Airport Fire Department on Sunday. (Tim Wright/Special to the Tribune-Herald)

More than 100 passengers were greeted with cheers and songs Sunday morning after disembarking Southwest Airlines’ first flight from Honolulu to Hilo.