County, community chip in for Waimea-Kohala Airport

A Mokulele Airlines plane departs from the Waimea-Kohala Airport earlier this year. (West Hawaii Today file photo)

A rainbow welcomes a pilot on final approach to landing at the Waimea-Kohala airport. (Tony Mitchell/Community Contributor)

HILO — A partnership between the Waimea community and Hawaii County has raised the required matching funds to keep regular air service at the tiny Waimea-Kohala Airport, at least for this year.