Have you ever wondered why the beautiful island of Maui has OGG as its airport code? I have, so I called the airport back in 1990 to ask that question. The first two people I spoke with had no idea, but then an old-timer got on the phone and told me it was named after a pilot by the name of Bertram J. Hogg (pronounced Hoag), who was a pioneer back in the day. See? You learned something new today! Here’s more…
The designation OGG was given in honor of aviation legend Capt. Bertram J. Hogg (pronounced Hoag), who is credited for being one of the frontier pilots who helped build the airlines of today in the Pacific.
When he first began flying passengers, Hogg, a Lihue native, flew Sikorsky S-38 amphibious planes that carried eight passengers. When he flew to Kona, he would land in the bay and outrigger canoes would come out to bring in the passengers.
He also made the first interisland commercial flight after the Pearl Harbor attack, on December 10, 1941, in a DC-3 to Maui and the Big Island.
Hogg logged his last commercial flight in 1968 in a DC-9 after 41 years in the aviation industry and 25,000 flying hours, most of it as a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines.
Capt. Hogg died March 30, 1992, at the age of 84.
*This post is written by my friend Lisa