Third time is a charm... not so much.
Island Airlines Hawaii's demise turned into a new company from their primary investors First Venture Corp. from Oklahoma. Jim Thompson was the president with other employees brought over from IAH. This new entity didn't last long. It wasn't due to its staff, aircraft or lack of business. The principal was familiar with venture capitol but running an airline was not in their area of expertise. Jim brought in another Oklahoman to take over as general manager. Things were not getting better. The best part of RIC was the opportunity to show the Honolulu aviation community what you were capable of as well as make some great friends. Wally Dyer was the V.P, and Director of Operations and some years later my best man when I remarried in 1997. We both left RIC in 1984, with me moving to South Pacific Island Airways and Wally going to American Airlines, where he flew until his retirement many years later.
Tom Anusewicz, Wally Dyer Jr. and Marian Kuzma washing the new arrival
The view from the Rainbow Islands Cargo office on the 10 floor of the Airport Center building on Uelana Street back in 1983. Overlooking the then north ramp general aviation area.