"Everybody was as orderly as could be, under the circumstances," said Krochka.
The plane was quickly surrounded by fire trucks and hoses where trained on parts of the plane.
Hawaiian Airlines released a statement Friday afternoon that said the flight "returned to the Maui airport soon after departure due to an odor of fumes in the cabin." The statement also said two passengers were taken to the local hospital with minor injuries.
Hawaiian Airlines said the passengers on the flight were provided options to either fly to Oakland on a new aircraft scheduled to depart at 10:15 p.m. or to stay overnight in Maui and fly back Saturday. Hawaiian is also refunding airfare for all affected passengers.