Report of unscheduled material events or corporate changes.


Washington, D.C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):

September 14, 2017

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

3375 Koapaka Street, Suite G-350
Honolulu, HI 96819
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(808) 835-3700
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Item 5.02
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On September 14, 2017, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (the “Registrant”) increased the size of the Board from ten to eleven directors and appointed Abhinav "Abhi" Dhar to fill the newly created seat.
As a non-employee director, Mr. Dhar will receive the compensation and travel benefits provided under the Registrant’s previously disclosed non-employee director compensation policy. This includes a base annual retainer of $70,000. Additionally, as a new non-employee director, Mr. Dhar was automatically granted 1,279 restricted stock units upon his appointment to the Board. These restricted stock units will vest in full on the day prior to the Registrant’s 2018 annual meeting of stockholders provided that Mr. Dhar continues to serve as a director through such date.
The Registrant and Mr. Dhar will also enter into the Registrant’s standard form of indemnification agreement.
There are no transactions between Mr. Dhar and the Registrant that would be reportable under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
A copy of the press release announcing Mr. Dhar’s appointment is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

(d) Exhibits.
99.1    Press Release dated September 14, 2017.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: September 14, 2017
/s/ Aaron J. Alter
Name: Aaron J. Alter
Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary



Exhibit 99.1
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Alison Croyle (808) 835-3886
Tara Shimooka (808) 838-5409

Abhi Dhar Joins Hawaiian Airlines Board of Directors
HONOLULU - Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., today announced the appointment of Abhi Dhar to the company’s board of directors effective immediately.
“Abhi brings both Fortune 50 and innovative start-up corporate experience to the board,” said Lawrence Hershfield, chairman of the board of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. “We’re pleased to have his IT expertise and business acumen as Hawaiian continues to grow.”
Dhar, who most recently served as chief information/digital officer of Walgreens, has extensive travel industry experience in leadership roles at Cendant, Travelport and TravelClick. He departed Walgreens to launch Packyge, an e-commerce ship-to-store enterprise as co-founder and chief executive officer.
Dhar joins board members Lawrence S. Hershfield, chairman; Mark B. Dunkerley; Don J. Carty; Earl E. Fry; Joseph Guerrieri, Jr.; Randall L. Jenson; Crystal K. Rose; William S. Swelbar; Duane E. Woerth; and Richard N. Zwern.
About Hawaiian Airlines    
Hawaiian®, the world’s most punctual airline as reported by OAG, has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have placed Hawaiian the among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.    

Now in its 88th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline.
Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.     

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