Maui's airport code is OGG. Do you know why?

Maui's main airport has an unusual three letter identifying code -- OGG. Do you know why?

I did not until I received an email this afternoon from Hawaiian Airlines. It turns out that the airport is named for former Hawaiian Airlines Capt. Jimmy Hogg. 

Here's what you might want to know about Hogg:

  • He started his aviation career as a mechanic's helper at Inter-Island Airways
  • He became a pilot for Inter-Island in 1936
  • He made captain in 1937 -- four years before the airline was renamed "Hawaiian Airlines."
  • Hogg was the captain for the first commercial flight after the attack on Pearl Harbor. His aircraft came under fire from the ground from troops thinking it was an enemy plane
  • In 1958, he flew the first Hawaiian Airlines trans-Pacific flight. It was a DC-6 to the U.S. mainland. 
  • In 1957, when Maui airport needed a three-letter code, the Civil Aeronautics Authority decided to honor Hogg. 
  • Hogg retired in 1968 and died in 1992 at age 84.