On Nov. 11, we blew the candles for our 89th birthday and officially began our 90th year of service as Hawai‘i’s airline. The next day, we kept the celebration going by kicking off a yearlong, company-matched employee fundraising drive as a way to give back to our hometown communities – the strong and steady tailwind behind our growth since we introduced commercial air transportation to Hawai‘i in 1929.
We didn’t expect to throw another party so soon! However, with an overwhelming response from every department across our 7,200-strong employee ‘ohana, we surpassed our pledge goal before the new year.
So earlier today, hundreds of employees gathered at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport to present more than $187,000 in combined funds to Aloha United Way, the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, and the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. That includes some $97,000 donated by our employees, along with $90,000 added by Hawaiian.
"The thank you goes to the whole family of Hawaiian, whose care has helped us get to where we need to go and to do our job: voyage," shared Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, during his mahalo remarks. "I don't take it lightly when we say this is Hawai‘i's airline. We sail for Hawai‘i, but [Hawaiian Airlines] flies for Hawai‘i."
The selected charities align with Hawaiian’s four giving pillars: education, health and human services, environment and culture, and are recognized stewards in their fields.
“Our employees represent no less than 100 of Hawai‘i’s 106 zip codes, and exceeding our pledge goal within just a few weeks symbolizes how grateful we all feel for the support we have enjoyed from our friends, families, neighbors, and the entire Hawai‘i community whom we’ve been privileged to serve for so many memorable years,” said Ann Botticelli, senior vice president for corporate communication and public affairs.