For the people of American Samoa, the arrival of our Hawaiian Airlines charter flight at Pago Pago-Tafuna International Airport (PPG) on Jan. 13 brought much more than just the return of our service to the U.S. territory in nearly a year.
As Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language Month) comes to a close, our ‘ohana's celebrations are far from over – and they are extending beyond our aircraft and workplace.
In navigating his creative brainstorms, local designer Keola Nakaʻahiki Rapozo says tapping into a Hawaiian mindset is like following a compass. For Rapozo, the co-founder of Hawaiʻi brand FITTED, thinking Hawaiian means reconnecting to a mainframe rooted in culture, language and perspective.
Since childhood, ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) has served as a guiding compass for ʻIwalani Kūaliʻi Kahoʻohanohano, senior specialist of internal communications at Hawaiian Airlines. Now 30 years old, she is known as one of Hawaiian Airlines’ core storytellers, with ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and Hawaiian culture as her work pillars.
Employees across our airline are joining hands this February to perpetuate mahina ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language month). This year, through their collective actions, from organizing surprise ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi flights to partnering with native Hawaiian designer Keola Naka'ahiki Rapozo, we are proud to share Hawaiian language and culture with our guests and the communities we serve.
As we bid aloha to 2020 and reflect on the exceptional hardships and challenges it brought upon so many of us at Hawaiian Airlines, the year will forever stand out as a time when our ‘ohana proved what it means to be Hawaiʻi’s hometown carrier.
When the COVID-19 pandemic decimated travel demand, resulting in drastic flight reductions, we knew how important it would be for Hawaiian Airlines to maintain our neighbor island network to support Hawai‘i’s healthcare workers and first responders.
The Mālama Honua (to care for our Earth) Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines was an exceptional feat by brave and skilled crewmembers who sailed using only Polynesian wayfinding techniques.
At the beginning of October, nearly 12,000 participants decided to embark on a physical test that would have them holoholo (to go out) and run or walk a 50- or 130-mile “course” while practicing safe social distancing.
“It takes a community of dedicated individuals and support to make conservation happen” - the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project. Operating on a shoestring budget and with the help of volunteers and dozens of organizations, the Maui Forest Bird and...