Airlines spokeswoman Nancy Trott says the captain made the right decision for safety Wednesday night.
Trott says the man was removed without incident about 9:30 p.m. Flight 877 resumed with 178 passengers and landed at 1:16 a.m. local time Thursday at Kona.
Trott didn't know what the man was chanting or why. She says the crew tried to reason with him without success.
Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper says the man was not arrested. He was taken back to the terminal with the suggestion he rebook his travels on another carrier.