Aloha Air Cargo Welcomes Key Personnel


L-R: Roy Aukai, Robert Duffer, and Marcus Miura

Honolulu, HI (June 11, 2012) – Aloha Air Cargo,, Hawaii’s largest and most reliable air-freight carrier, announced three newly hired staff for key positions.

Newly positioned Aloha Air Cargo employees include:

Roy Aukai joins Aloha Air Cargo as its new director of cargo operations, overseeing cargo and ground handling activities at all five stations statewide in Honolulu, Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Kahului, and Lihue. Aukai is tasked with managing efficient operations and customer satisfaction while meeting revenue objectives in conjunction with sales and finance teams.

With over 39 years of transportation and airline industry experience, Aukai was most recently employed with the Department of Transportation, Harbors Division, as well as Hawaiian Airlines, as senior director of Honolulu and Pago Pago operations. In his leisure, Aukai enjoys golf and football, having been active assistant and head coaches for junior and varsity football teams at Kaimuki, Roosevelt, Hilo, and Konawaena High Schools.

Robert Duffer joins Aloha Air Cargo in the newly created position of director of information services. Duffer is responsible for developing the company’s information technology strategy and operations, including systems analysis, infrastructure, programming, computer systems, and auxiliary operations. Previously, Duffer was employed with Central States Industrial in Springfield, MO as their information technology manager.

Duffer received his Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Missouri State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Ouachita Baptist University.

Marcus Miura joins Aloha Air Cargo as its newest account manager within the sales and marketing division. Miura’s primary role will be to increase revenue through acquisition and maintenance of qualified leads and key customer accounts, as well as development of new markets. Previously with DB Schenker in Honolulu, Miura served as their account executive selling domestic and international products.

Miura received his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Economics degrees from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and also holds a Japan-focused Business Management Certificate from the Japan-America Institute of Management Science (JAIMS). Miura is proficient in Japanese, having lived abroad for five years in Japan as an English Teacher.

“We are committed to the growth of Hawaii commerce and ensuring that we have the most talented professionals in the cargo industry to best serve our customers statewide,” said Lee Steele, president of Aloha Air Cargo. “Roy, Robert, and Marcus bring experience and exceptional skill sets to their respective disciplines, and I look forward to how their vision and leadership will help in shaping Aloha Air Cargo’s bright future.”

For more information on Aloha Air Cargo, please call toll free 888-94-ALOHA (25642) or visit

About Aloha Air Cargo
Headquartered in Honolulu, Aloha Air Cargo delivers fast, economical and reliable transport of goods between the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Island of Hawaii. It became an independent cargo operator after the closure of Aloha Airlines passenger services in May 2008. Aloha Tech Ops is a division of Aloha Air Cargo and provides maintenance and engineering services to airlines in the State of Hawaii.

Aloha Air Cargo is owned by Seattle-based Saltchuk Resources, which has been doing business in Hawaii since 2000 when it acquired Young Brothers/Hawaiian Tug & Barge. Committed to the welfare of Hawaii and strengthening the local economy, the company also acquired Hawaii Fuel Network, Maui Petroleum and Minit Stop Stores in 2006.