HOWARD: IT’S WHAT MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN WONDERING EVER SINCE SOUTHWEST AIRLINES ANNOUNCED PLANS TO FLY TO HAWAII. IS IT GOING TO FLY INTERISLAND? TODAY WE GOT THE ANSWER– YES! ALONG WITH NEWS ON ITS HIRING PLANS. BRIGETTE NAMATA FOLLOWS UP. BRIGETTE: WELL DASH, SOUTHWEST WILL FLY TO OAHU, BIG ISLAND, MAUI AND KAUAI. IT COULD MEAN CHEAPER FARES. AND THEY WANT TO START HIRING LOCAL WORKERS BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. Hawaii is known for its aloha spirit – something Southwest Airlines says it can get on board with. STEVE GOLDBERG: “When you talk about the aloha spirit, and the lovingness of the aloha spirit, it really matches up well with what we’re trying to do.” Soon, you’ll start seeing Southwest Airlines in Honolulu, Kona, Kahului, and Lihue. But, how soon? STEVE GOLDBERG: Stay tuned. By the end of the year.” Southwest will also offer nonstop flights from 4 California cities to Hawaii: Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, and Sacramento. The carrier says it’s looking to hire local people with a “great attitude.” They’ll fly Boeing 737-800 aircraft for interi-island flights, which seat 175 passengers, but the schedules aren’t ironed out. STEVE GOLDBERG: “We’re still iffy on the logistics. We’re working on our schedules. Our goal is to begin selling tickets by the end of the year hopefully with start of service as well.” Some we spoke with are excited for the Dallas-based carrier to come to Hawaii. caroline guerrero, hilo resident “We really need to take that monopoly… competition is always good. I hope they can make it, though… Hm. And you know, Hawaiian has been very good.” In a statement, Hawaiian Airlines told me “Southwest’s PR strategy has been to toss out tidbits without much detail, so it’s unclear what kind of service or operation they are committing to.” They also compared their flights to SouthWest’s… Saying one-way fares from Honolulu to Kona– one of its most popular routes– start at 85 dollars… While Southwest’s flights from Austin to Houston — a flight of similar length– starts at $233. STEVE GOLDBERG: “They will be comparable, and if not, better. we are the lowfare airline. Our goal is to come in here with low fares, and great service.” BRIGETTE: TALK ABOUT WHERE SOUTHWEST WILL BE LIVE AT THE DANIEL K INOUYE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, BRIGETTE NAMATA.