The steamship company that founded Hawaiian Airlines pulled up its gangplanks for the last time in 1948. Why spend hours traveling among the Hawaiian Islands by ship, when Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island were just scenic minutes away from Oahu by air? Everyone wanted to fly.
Interisland flying was changing too. Hawaiian Airlines now faced fierce competition in the form of upstart Aloha Airlines. Package tours offering trips to other islands were also becoming popular.