WHAT’S IN A NAME

The meaning behind Hawaiian Airlines’ aircraft names

Each aircraft in Hawaiian Airlines’ fleet has been given a unique and special name. Our B717s and B767s are named after local and migratory birds respectively, and each A330 bears the name of a star or constellation used by Polynesian voyagers for celestial navigation. Our ATR-42s (ʻOhana by Hawaiian) are named after winds found on Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi and Oʻahu (Leeward) – the short-haul routes served by this airliner.

Long before Western explorers set sail, Polynesian sailors were traversing thousands of miles of open ocean without the benefit of instruments or charts. These wayfarers found their maps in the stars above them, in the celestial bodies that guided them across the Pacific.

Our first long-haul, widebody A330 was christened Makali’i. Known as Pleiades or the Seven Sisters in Western astronomy, Makali’i is a cluster of stars that appear in the Northern Hemisphere’s wintertime sky. The star cluster is near Earth and visible with the naked eye. In the Islands, the cluster is highly revered, having guided both Hawaiian voyagers and farmers preparing for harvest and the Makahiki, a traditional celebration that marks the start of the Hawaiian new year.

Makali’i was chosen to be the first name because it would have been a prominent constellation during the time of the year when Hawaiian first took to the skies on Nov. 11, 1929.

The name Hōkūle‘a, or “star of gladness,” christened our second Airbus (N381HA). Also known as Arcturus, this star is the brightest in the Northern Hemisphere and was the guiding beacon for sailors who made the long voyage north from the Marquesas and Tahiti to Hawai‘i.

Below is a complete list of Hawaiian Airlines aircraft names:
 

B767 Aircraft Names

N580HA

Kolea

Pacific Golden Plover

N581HA

Manu-o-Kū

White Fairy Tern

N582HA

`Ake`ake

Band-Rumped Storm-Petrel

N583HA

A

Red Footed Booby

N588HA

'Iwa

Great Frigrate

N590HA

Koa'e 'Ula

Red-tailed Tropicbird

N592HA

Hunakai

Sanderling

N594HA

Ulili

Wandering Tattler

 

 

 

B717 Aircraft Names

N475HA

ʻIʻiwi

Scarlet Honeycreeper

N476HA

‘Elepaio

Monarch Flycatcher

N477HA

ʻApapane

Laysan Honeycreeper

N478HA

ʻAmakihi

Hawaiian Honeycreeper

N479HA

ʻAkepa

Hawaiian Forest Bird

N480HA

Pueo

Short-eared Owl

N481HA

ʻAlauahio

Oʻahu Creeper

N483HA

‘Anianiau

Hawaiian Honeycreeper

N484HA

‘Ōma’o

Hawaiian Thrush

N485HA

Palila

Finch

N486HA

ʻAkikiki  

Kauaʻi Creeper

N487HA

ʻIo

Hawaiian Hawk

N488HA

Puaiohi

Kauaʻi Thrush

N489HA

Po’ouli

Black-faced Honeycreeper

N490HA

‘O’u

Hawaiian Honeycreeper

N491HA

Akohekohe

Crested Honeycreeper

N492HA

‘Ewa ‘Ewa

Sooty Tern

N493HA

‘Ua’u

Hawaiian Petre

                                                                                                     

A330 Aircraft Names

N360HA

Tutukamolehonua

Gacrux

N370HA

Kuamo‘o

Milky Way

N373HA

Kūkalaniʻehu

Aries

N374HA

Melemele

Corvus

N375HA

Humu

Aquila

N378HA

Kaukamalama

[a star that rises with Kawelolani]

N379HA

Pau-ahi

Delphinus

N380HA

Makali’i

Pleiades

N381HA

Hōkūle‘a

Arcturus

N382HA

Iwakelii

Cassiopeia

N383HA

Hanaiakamalama

Southern Cross

N384HA

Hokupaa

Polaris

N385HA

Manaiakalani

Scorpio

N386HA

Heiheionakeiki

Belt and Sword of Orion

N388HA

Nahiku

Big Dipper

N389HA

Kealiiokonaikalewa

Canopus

N390HA

Namahoe

Gemini

N391HA

Hokulei

Capella

N392HA

Hikianalia

Spica

N393HA

Lehuakona

Antares

N395HA

‘A’a

Sirius

N396HA

Keoe

Vega

N399HA

Kumau

Polaris

 

 

 

ATR-42 (ʻOhana by Hawaiian) Aircraft Names

Holo Kaomi

Winds of Paoma'i, Lānaʻi

 

Kaiāulu

Winds of Wai'anae, O'ahu

 

Hikipua

Winds of Halawa, Moloka'i