Pearl City Students Explore Island Skies

Wednesday - June 09, 2010
By MidWeek Staff
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Among this 2010 Class of Island Air Explorers are Pearl City High School students Stetson Shimamoto and Brandon Tretsven. A total of 15 students statewide took part in the program, which began last year. Photo courtesy of Island Air.

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

Stetson Shimamoto and Brandon Tretsven are now officially Island Air Explorers. They learned about careers such as flight attendant, pilot, aircraft mechanic and airport operations through visits to various airlines, helicopter firms, food services and airport firefighters as well as from lectures by industry professionals.

Island Air continued the competitive Explorer program started by Aloha Airlines after the airline shut down in 2008. It’s run in partnership with the Boy Scouts.

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