This August, our company faced another grim consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing travel restrictions: the separation of many employees from our company as we reduce our workforce due to suppressed travel demand. In this commemorative blog series, we are bidding aloha to longstanding employees and recognizing their dedication, hard work and passion, which helped mold the future of our company. Hawaiian Airlines will not be the same without them.

Fifty-one years ago, Jo-Ann Komori answered a newspaper ad calling for Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants and never looked back. What started as a part-time job turned into a lifetime career, giving her a front-row seat to the evolution of our legacy company – from the hiring of our first male flight attendants to the people she’s worked with along the way. Komori is one of the hundreds of employees who elected to retire to lessen involuntary workforce reductions spurred by the pandemic.

We give our gratitude to Jo-Ann Komori for sharing aloha in our skies for over five decades. Her story of friendship and ‘ohana concludes our A Hui Hou blog series.