On 21 May 2017, the Hawaian island of Kahoolawe was struck by a major earthquake, followed by a tsunami. The island's buildings and infastructure were destroyed, leaving building wreckage, and a lack of food and clean drinking water. United States Coast Guard Infinite Flight was immediately called to deliver food, water, medical supplies and medical personnel, as well as evacuate the wounded.
USCG-IF forces launched four C130J and two C208B from their base at PHNL in Honolulu, landing on the rough surfaces of Kahoolawe. "We completed the delivery of food, water and medical rations while also delivering the professionals required on the ground, unfortunately we evacuated too many individuals and, in the confusion, several were asylum seekers.", said CDR Tom Maguire, Training Officer for USCG-IF. These individuals are now inside the US illegally and there is now an ongoing operation to extradite them. It should be noted that damage to airframes was prevalent and the crews should be congratulated in landing and getting airborne again in some of the trickiest conditions USCG has faced thus far.