Joining the fight: Hawaii’s first N-95 mask factory opens in Kona

  • Flat masks will be manufactured at Kona Mask Co. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Nicolas Garcia unveils machines that will manufacture masks at Kona Mask Co. in the Kaloko Light Industrial Park. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Above: Nicolas Garcia unveils machines that will manufacture N95 masks at Kona Mask Co. in the Kaloko Light Industrial Park. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Nicolas Garcia unveils machines that will manufacture N95 masks at Kona Mask Co. in the Kaloko Light Industrial Park. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Retirement plans for an airline pilot changed from relaxing and playing golf to manufacturing masks in Kona to help fight the pandemic.