It's no surprise that Hawai‘i is showered with Japanese influence. The rich cultural ties between the Aloha State and the Land of the Rising Sun are part of the reason why 1.6 million Japanese travelers visited Hawai‘i last year, including almost 392,000 who started their vacation early by flying on Hawaiian Airlines.
It’s the dawn of a new day, and we’re seeing more wāhine (women) than ever taking on some of the most challenging roles in the aviation industry. At Hawaiian Airlines, we were in the forefront of women in aviation with the first all-women crew flying in 1979, and we still encourage our fellow wāhine to reach high.
This month in Hawaiian Airlines’ history: we became one of the first commercial carriers in the world to install blended winglets on the Boeing 767. In October 2009, Aircraft 587 was flown to the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington, where it underwent a month-long surgery to install 11-foot attachments to the ends of its aluminum wings.
As Hawaii’s hometown carrier, it’s our kuleana (responsibility and privilege) to serve as ambassadors of the Islands to those who visit our shores. From the moment our guests check in for their flight and are greeted by a member of our Hawaiian Airlines ‘ohana, mea ho'okipa (I am host), our signature hospitality, welcomes them and provides a primer in celebrating our culture of Aloha.
Kahi Pacarro, executive director of Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i, co-founded the nonprofit organization with 6 friends and his wife Louise Pacarro, a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant. They work together to host the biggest coastal cleanups in the state aimed at educating local communities about the impacts of plastic pollution and how we can all play a role in protecting the ocean that gives our islands life.
If you could launch a route from Hawai‘i to anywhere in the world, where would you go? The answer isn’t always as effortless as the one in your imagination. In the real world, the decision takes years to come to fruition, with lots of research, coordination and patience required.
Outside of the Aloha we have for Hawai‘i and our guests, we’ve got a big space in our hearts for food. And not just any kind of food…we’re talking dishes with mouthwatering ingredients that embody every aspect of O‘ahu’s cosmopolitan energy. To satisfy our cravings, we often look to LunchBox, the employee gathering space and cafe-style restaurant at our Honolulu headquarters.
Hawaiian Airlines is transporting youth to greater heights with the unveiling of our revitalized aircraft exhibit at the Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center (HCDC) in Honolulu’s Kaka‘ako neighborhood. Local and visiting keiki can experience the magic of aviation and its unique role in our community.
What happens behind-the-scenes when weather models indicate a significant storm is headed toward our shores, or the destinations Hawaiian serves? In the case of Hurricane Lane, which reached Category 5 strength before dissipating into a tropical storm in August, our teams in the Hawaiian Airlines Systems Operations Control Center (SOCC) worked around the clock to ensure the safety of our guests flying to, from and within the Hawaiian Islands.
Look up at O‘ahu’s blue skies and you might just be lucky enough to spot our maroon, single-engine Bellanca, the iconic aircraft that started it all for Hawaiian Airlines. This week in history, we’re celebrating the aircraft to which we trace our long-time legacy as Hawai‘i’s hometown carrier.