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Premier Hawaii Air Service Provider Slated for Kona International Airport

In late February, Air Service Hawaii announced that construction will begin this month on a custom-designed Fixed Base Operator (FBO) terminal adjacent to the commuter terminals at Kona International Airport.

This is a long-awaited improvement for savvy visitors from all over the world; I know my clients will welcome the new facility! The project is being led by the local Big Island design firm Nicholson LLC and will include an adjoining airline hangar.

According to Air Service Hawaii President and CEO Shaen Tarter, the company considered its clients’ needs throughout the design process to provide the best arrival and departure experience possible.

Tarter says the new facility will feature a high-end, full-service kitchen with internationally acclaimed chef Moumen El Hajji of Pacific Inflight Catering heading up the culinary team. Additional first-class amenities will include a 4,900 square foot lounge and dining area complete with WIFI access, restrooms, and showers. A new, neighboring 2,200 square foot open-air terminal, he says, will accommodate passenger groups for Kaiser Air and other large aircraft carriers.

Large green spaces, as well as a dedicated dog park, will surround the facilities. An FBO controlled security gate will provide direct vehicle access to aircraft with specialty concierge service available for both passengers and crew.

Winton Nicholson, Owner and General Contractor at Nicholson LLC, says the buildings’ design incorporates elements of the natural environment. The colors and textures mimicking that of the surrounding lava fields, and the roofline of the main terminal mirrors the silhouette of Hualalai Mountain with columns of natural light illuminating the interior. Clean, minimalist furnishings will provide a tranquil setting, with sculptural artwork at each entrance, marking a path of transition.

About Air Service Hawaii

Air Service Hawaii is the only locally-owned and managed FBO in the state of Hawaii, providing aviation services for business, commercial and private aircraft throughout the Hawaiian Islands. For more information email

About Nicholson LLC

Nicholson LLC is a full-service provider of design, construction and project management based in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Known for delivering unparalleled service for over 20 years, Nicholson offers a full range of home services including luxury design, architectural drafting, remodels, smart home integration and custom builds for projects of all sizes among other things. To arrange a consultation, call (808) 896-9748 or email

More Information

For information on Hawaii Island real estate opportunities, please contact Carrie Nicholson, R (B), BIC, Director of HL1-Big Island, (808) 896-9749 or

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