HONOLULU – April 15, 2016 - Hawaiian Airlines and the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center have formed an exciting new partnership that will enable children to “experience” the magic of aviation and its unique role in our community. A new interactive airline exhibit at the Center will open to the public on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

The new exhibit uses real aircraft components and video displays to simulate the flight experience and encourages children to role-play in airline uniforms and imagine themselves working and flying aboard a Hawaiian Airlines flight.  The Center has added other interactive features including a check-in kiosk, an in-flight service cart, and uniforms for both flight attendants and pilots.

In addition, Hawaiian has provided aircraft components such as seats, carpeting, and uniform materials that are distinctively associated with Hawaiian Airlines.  Hawaiian has also provided real video footage from an aircraft cockpit that simulates a flight departure and landing, and a copy of its in-flight safety video to make the flight experience realistic.

“The beauty of a children’s museum is that it can address a variety of learning styles that cannot be fully accommodated in a classroom setting,” said Loretta Yajima, Board Chair.  “Our mission is to nurture the development of a child's imagination and to encourage children to realize the power of their dreams.  Most importantly, children will have fun while learning!  We’re tremendously excited about our partnership with Hawaiian Airlines and know that this exhibit will be extremely popular with our keiki.”

“There is nothing quite like flying to capture the imagination of a child – my career is certainly testament to that,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and chief executive officer.  “We consider the Children’s Discovery Center a strategic partner for Hawaiian because, with a growing workforce of nearly 5,000 employees based here in our islands, we depend on hiring hundreds of new employees each year and therefore have a vested interest in developing aviation enthusiasts of the future.  We hope many of the thousands of our keiki who first experience ‘flight’ in this exhibit will go on to pursue rewarding careers at Hawaiian.”

As part of the new partnership, Hawaiian will also promote the Children’s Discovery Center to its customers through in-flight entertainment media and frequent flyer communications, and the Center will promote Hawaiian through its visitor and member communications.

About the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center

The Children’s Discovery Center is world-class learning environment filled with “hands-on,” interactive exhibits that are educational and fun.  It is a place where children can learn about themselves and the world while celebrating the ethnic and cultural heritage of our island home.  It is a 'Window to the World' for the children of Hawaii. 

Located across from the Kaka'ako Waterfront Park in downtown Honolulu, the Center contains 45,000 square feet of interactive exhibits within five major galleries: “Fantastic You!” “Your Town,” “Hawaiian Rainbows,” “Your Rainbow World,” and “Rainforest Adventures.” A popular visitor attraction for families with children of all ages, it is a place where they can experience, explore, investigate and discover things about themselves and the world around them in a creative and fun environment where they are learning through play. 

Open Daily on Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 1pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm (except Mondays and the first 2 weeks in September when closed for maintenance).  General admission is $10 per person.  Kama’aina & Military rates are $8 per person.  Children under 12 months old are free. 

For more information, please call 524-KIDS or visit our website at www.discoverycenterhawaii.org.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past nine years (2004-2012) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 84th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Tahiti.  New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Taipei, Taiwan on July 9, 2013 and, subject to government approvals, between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page (Hawaiian Airlines).

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