Hawaiian Airlines Celebrates Launch of New Narita-Honolulu Service

Cultural celebration dedicates hundreds of travelers’ wishes on wooden ema from Japan
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Hawaiian Airlines exclusive ema were dedicated to the Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawai‘i in Honolulu. Pictured left to right are: Rev. Jun Miyasaka, Hawaiian Airlines Promo Team members, and Bishop Daiya Amano

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines on Saturday celebrated the launch of its daily nonstop service between Narita and Honolulu International Airports, the airline’s fourth destination in Japan. The flights will complement Hawaiian’s existing daily service between Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport and Honolulu and its planned four times weekly Haneda service to be added this December.   

The departure of HA Flights 821 and 822 both included a special gate-side ceremony featuring Hawaiian music and hula, refreshments, a traditional Hawaiian blessing, and the giving of fresh flower lei. In Narita, prior to boarding HA Flight 822, remarks were given by Theo Panagiotoulias, senior vice president of global sales and alliances at Hawaiian Airlines and Mr. Shigeo Kimura, administrator of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism at Narita International Airport. Also in attendance were: Jeff Helfrick, vice president of airport operations at Hawaiian Airlines; Takaya Shishido, Japan country director at Hawaiian Airlines; Mr. Makoto Natsume, president and CEO of Narita International Airport; and Mr. Eric Takahata, managing director of Hawai‘i Tourism Japan.

“As Hawaiian’s first destination in Japan, Tokyo remains an integral part of our commitment to providing Japanese travelers with direct and easy access to our beautiful island home,” said Mr. Panagiotoulias. “We know travelers value flexibility, and we believe Narita will quickly become a convenient gateway to Hawaiʻi.”

As part of the cultural celebration, Hawaiian transported hundreds of ema, or wooden wishing plaques written by guests in Tokyo, aboard its first flight from Narita to Honolulu. The ema were collected during this spring’s second annual Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards 2016 Nomination & Music Festival at the Maihama Amphitheater, which recognizes the best of Hawai‘i’s music. Hawaiian set up an ema wishing wall outside of the amphitheater where attendees wrote their “wishes to send to Hawai‘i,” to be dedicated to the Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawai‘i in Honolulu.

Shortly after HA 822 arrived in Honolulu, the ema were transported to the Shinto shrine, which will be celebrating its 110th anniversary on Oct. 9. Bishop Daiya Amano led a traditional ceremony to offer the ema to the shrine in hopes that the wishes and desires will be fulfilled.

Images from the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards 2016 Nomination & Music Festival and ema dedication ceremony can be found HERE.

The new flight schedule is as follows:






Start Date



HNL 3:45 P.M.

NRT 7:00 P.M.

(Next day)

Friday, July 22, 2016 (Arrives on the 23rd)



NRT 9:00 P.M.

HNL 10:00 A.M.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

 * Flight schedule and aircraft may change without prior notice.

Guests on Hawaiian’s Honolulu-Narita flights will enjoy comfortable legroom aboard the wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which seats 294 passengers and features 18 seats in Business Class, 40 seats in Extra Comfort and 236 seats in Economy Class.

Narita is the airline’s 11th international destination and its fourth destination in Japan. Hawaiian launched flight services from Honolulu to Haneda in November 2010, Osaka in July 2011, and Sapporo in October 2012.

More information about the new Narita flight is available at Hawaiian’s Japanese-language website www.HawaiianAirlines.co.jp, or by contacting the airline’s Tokyo office at 0570-018-011 or preferred accredited travel agency. In the U.S., information can be found at www.HawaiianAirlines.com, or by calling Hawaiian’s reservations center toll-free at 1-800-367-5320.           

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Now in its 87th 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 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 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.

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