FL MORRIS / FMORRIS@STARBULLETIN.COM
Passengers were greeted by Aloha Airline employees Monday as they got off Flight 261 -- the airline's last flight -- from Kahului at Honolulu Airport. About 1,000 people, mostly airline employees, were on hand at Gate 54 to welcome the flight. Background, a view from one of Aloha's jets.
After more than six decades, the dream of Hawaii Chinese-American businessmen to create a pan-Pacific aerial empire sputtered to a halt for the most mundane of reasons -- Aloha Airlines died from aging aircraft, the price of gas, a lack of credit and a fare war against one competitor who keeps rising from the ashes and another who's willing to lose money ... for the time being.