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Nonstop daily flight from Kona to Lihue commences

March 13, 2017 - 12:05am

KONA — For Kealoha Curnan-Medina, flying nonstop from Kona to Lihue will make seeing family easier.

“It’s great for family to come visit,” she said.

Curnan-Medina, who lives on the Big Island but is from Kauai, was traveling from Kona to Lihue Sunday morning aboard Hawaiian Airlines’ inaugural direct flight between the two islands.

“I bought a ticket just to be on the first flight,” she said. “I’ve been waiting a long time for this to happen. I hope it stays forever.”

There were 60 people aboard the morning flight, said Alex Da Silva, spokesm