HNL - South Ramp / Lagoon Drive - Section 2
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The sections are my way of dividing the narrative to the various pages, Sections have no official significance.
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Mokuea Place

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Pat Magie operated Islands Seaplane Service from 1997 to 2017 from the shores of Lagoon Drive. Once again, the seaplane lanes have no seaplanes.

See more about his operation and Keehi Lagoon.

Keehi Place

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I first met Beti when she operated ABRE Freight in Hilo back in the mid 80's. Back then she knew the problems of shipping products from Hawaii to the mainland, specifically the Big Island. She worked with Hemmeter Aviation, when we started a new operation called "Jet Freight Pacific"  with a Boeing 707 freighter from Buffalo Airways (Waco, TX) in 1988. It was to run HNL/LAX but it was short lived and Beti was frustrated with those involved and said "Ill do it myself" ... she did. She connected with Kalitta Air. 

 

 Beti Ward's Pacific Air Cargo started its operations in the eva (west) bay of Pat Hart's building before they built their own. 

I remember Connie Kalitta calling me to talk about my thoughts about a new facility. He flew in and met with Beti and I and I drove down the south ramp as we discussed their direction for what was to become. 

Beti Ward was indeed a savvy businesswomen, growing her cargo business as well as, support the local communities. Beti is missed. 

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Jim flew for Kalitta Air for many years as Capt. in the 747's. He primarily flew the middle-east routes but on occasion, he flew LAX-HNL. A quick call from the cockpit had me drive up to the airplane to pick him up . Always a treat having a good friend in town.

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Pohakulana Place

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Federal Express arrived in Hawaii back in 1988. Hemmeter Aviation had taken on additional ramp space with the acquisition of General Aviation Services and made arrangements to allow Federal Express the use of this property. FedEx in turn went to Pat Hart and rented space in his building. The first aircraft that came to Hawaii was their B727. The range on this aircraft was doable with reduced loads, but it wasn't long before we saw Flying Tigers DC-8 on the ramp. 

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Boeing 727 with reduced load, Flying Tigers DC-8 and then the DC-10

Once the FedEx DC-10's were added to the ops specs to operate in Hawaii, they were a regular visitor. They grew quickly which meant they needed a new home.

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Mike Overstreet's Corporate Air came to Honolulu in 1988 to start the FedEx feeder operations and continues his long term relationship with FedEx. See more at Corporate Air

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The hangar was built back in built back in 1979 for the FAA aircraft based in HNL. The FAA have not had aircraft for thirty years. Today it is a maintenance facility . See more at FAA

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Lauhoe Place

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The Continental Airlines hangar was a great addition to the Honolulu International Airport back in 1998. 

It was the only civilian hangar that could accommodate a large wide-body aircraft. I even made arrangements to use the hangar when transient aircraft had a critical maintenance need.

Edgar Silva was the maintenance manager for Continental and continued after the United merger. Edgar has overseen the hangar operations for many years.

Even though the aviation community was glad to have such a facility on the field, it was not utilized as originally planned and never saw the numbers of employees nor the financial return to the state. 

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The lease is up for renewal in 2027 and I'm sure that United will find a way to continue its operations at 110 Lauhoe Place for awhile. The South Ramp Redevelopment Study of 2021 indicates this facility could be dismantled.

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Aircraft Hangar Fire Protection System
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The hangar requirement for  fire suppression includes a pump house with 2 large tanks to hold the water and foam component. The cost is no doubt high but necessary for occupancy.

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Iako Place

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The Chelsea kitchen was built back in the late 90's to meet the increasing demand for airline meals. As the years went on the meals changed and United's Chelsea kitchen became a financial burden. With the Covid pandemic, it was clear that they needed to close the kitchen ASAP . The DOT-A lease ran out in 2020 and it was not renewed and closed in 2021. United contracted with Gate Gourmet next door.

What's next for this facility? Certainly not a flight kitchen.

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Flight Kitchen Closing 7/30/21
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The FBO's utilized Chelsea primarily for U.S. Agriculture approved fruits and vegetables for mainland departures. 

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