Area Student Explorers Finish Island Air Class

Wednesday - July 14, 2010
By MidWeek Staff
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Jason Bayang and Brooke Magalei of Central Oahu are among dozens to participate in this year’s Student Explorer Program, revived by Island Air following the closure of Aloha Airlines. Photo from BJ Whitman.

Island Air’s second class of Student Explorers includes two Central Oahu teens, who trained for 10 weeks this past spring with dozens of their peers age 14 to 20, in classes taught by the airline’s employee volunteers.

Explorers Jason Bayang of Ho’ala School in Wahiawa and Brooke Magalei of Kahuku High School learned about careers such as flight attendant, pilot, aircraft mechanic and airport operations through visits to various airlines, helicopter firms, food services as well as from lectures by industry pros,.

Magalei also received the Jaime Wagatsuma Award given to one outstanding student each year.


Island Air continued the Aloha Airlines program after the airline shut down in 2008.

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