Stan took charge of the new operations, introducing the islands to a whole new way of traveling. Like many new enterprises in the 1930s, the company struggled financially until Stan was able to obtain a contract to carry the US mail. In 1941 Inter-Island changed its name to Hawaiian Airlines, introducing the DC-3 into island service and an instantly recognizable brand name for the airline. Over the years, island residents and visitors have come to expect reliable and convenient service from Hawaiian Airlines. Passenger volume grew along with the visitor industry and an expanding economy.
Airlines have come a long way since eight-passenger propeller aircraft served the islands. Today Hawaiian Airline’s modern fleet of jets fulfills the vision of its founder, Stan Kennedy.