HOONAH, AK

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TERMINAL AND DEPARTURE INFO
907-945-3275

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Ticket Counter
The Wings of Alaska ticket counter is located just inside the terminal at Hoonah Airport.

Security Screening

Currently, all flights departing from Hoonah do not require TSA screening. Passengers can arrive 30 minutes prior to departure for check-in.

Parking and Ground Transportation

All parking is currently free for Wings passengers at the airport in Hoonah.  We can help assist with transport to downtown and work locations please contact our station managers.

 EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

► Tribal dances and cultural legends at Icy Strait Point

Find out more about festivals and events in Hoonah.

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

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► Icy Straight Point

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► Brown Bear Excursions

► Teckk Outfitters & Guiding

► Hoonah Travel Adventures – Whale Watch

► Icy Straight Point ZipRider

 ABOUT

Population: 880

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Hoonah is the principal village for the Huna, a Tlingit tribe that has occupied the Glacier Bay/Icy Strait area since prehistory. Local history tells of an original ancestral home in Glacier Bay that was destroyed by a glacial advance. Hoonah means “village by the cliff.”

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Hoonah is known for its great fishing and most recently, Hoonah is an old village with a new industry – tourism. Since cruise visitors have been coming to Hoonah, the village has developed a number of exciting new tours and activities.

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 OTHER COMMUNITY INFORMATION

Fishing

Fishing is a mainstay of the economy, and Hoonah experiences nearly full employment during the summer season. 114 residents hold commercial fishing permits. Fish processing at Excursion Inlet Packing Co., employment at the Thompson Cold Storage Plant, logging for Sealaska Corp., and logging related activities provide local employment.

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The Huna Totem Corp. owns a sort yard and timber transfer facility. Subsistence activities are important components of the lifestyle. Salmon, shellfish, deer, waterfowl and berries are harvested.

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Climate

Hoonah’s maritime climate is characterized by cool summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures average 52F to 63F; winter temperatures average 26F to 39F. Temperature extremes have been recorded from -25F to 87F. Precipitation averages 54 inches annually, with 71 inches of snowfall.

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Interesting facts

  • Hoonah is the principal village for the Huna, a Tlingit tribe that has occupied the Glacier Bay/Icy Strait area since prehistory. Local history tells of an original ancestral home in Glacier Bay that was destroyed by a glacial advance. Hoonah means “village by the cliff.”
  • The Northwest Trading Co. built the first store in Hoonah in 1880. In 1881, the Presbyterian Home Mission and school were built. By 1887, 450 to 500 people were wintering in the village. A post office was established in 1901. In 1912, the Hoonah Packing Co. built a large cannery one mile north of town. The Thompson Fish Company still operates today as Hoonah Cold Storage. In 1944, a fire destroyed much of the City and many priceless Tlingit cultural objects. The federal government assisted in rebuilding the community.
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