HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai‘i’s largest and longest serving airline, is presenting an extraordinary evening of provocative culinary creations featuring the bounty of Hawai‘i from land and sea, prepared by 15 esteemed national and international chefs from nine different destinations throughout Asia and the Pacific.

Building on Hawai‘i’s unique East Meets West location in the Pacific, Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival’s Under the Modern Moon: Morimoto and Friends Presented by Hawaiian Airlines is returning to The Modern Honolulu in Waikīkī on Thursday, September 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will feature a star-studded line up of chefs and culinary masters including Hawaiian Airlines’ very own executive chef, Chai Chaowasaree of Chef Chai in Honolulu. The event will also feature top-tier mixologists and winemakers.

Chef Chai was appointed as Hawaiian Airlines’ executive chef in 2010 and since then has been a driving force behind its signature inflight meal program, bringing a fresh, pan-Asian approach to Hawaiian’s popular onboard cuisine that reflects Hawai‘i’s diverse cultural influences and perfectly complements the airline’s expanding international service. Based in Honolulu, Chef Chai is a nationally recognized, award-winning chef and owner of two popular Hawai‘i restaurants, Singha Thai Cuisine in Waikiki and Chef Chai in Honolulu.

The featured chefs of Under the Modern Moon: Morimoto and Friends Presented by Hawaiian Airlines are:

•    Marco Anzani, Anzani - Philippines

•    Floyd Cardoz, North End Grill - New York City

•    Chai Chaowasaree, Chef Chai - Honolulu

•    Lucia Cho, BICENA – Korea

•    Stephen Durfee, Culinary Institute of America – St. Helena

•    Stanton Ho, Stanton Ho Pastry - Las Vegas

•    Amber Lin, Foodie Amber - Taipei

•    Anita Lo, Annisa - New York

•    Roger Meier, Honolulu Coffee Co. - Honolulu

•    Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto Waikīkī - Honolulu

•    Bryant Ng, The Spice Table - Los Angeles

•    Charles Phan, The Slanted Door - San Francisco

•    Scott Toner, The Modern Honolulu - Honolulu

•    Yuji Wakiya, Wakiya - Tokyo

•    Eric Ziebold, CityZen - Washington, D.C.

 

Under the Modern Moon: Morimoto and Friends Presented by Hawaiian Airlines is one of five signature evening culinary experiences on O‘ahu and Maui featured this year at the Third Annual Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, set for September 1-9, 2013. Tickets start at $200 and can be purchased online at www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.

Travel packages are available through Classic Vacations for culinary travelers who are seeking an inspiring adventure in the Hawaiian Islands at the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival. Packages are inclusive of travel on Hawaiian Airlines, accommodations at partner hotels and festival tickets. Travel agents can also earn an incentive for selling Classic Vacation packages and also enter to win a free trip for two to Oahu. To find out more, contact Classic Vacations by calling 800-635-1333 or visiting www.classicvacations.com.

Beginning August 12, 2013, Hawaiian Airlines will be running a special promotion on its Facebook page and giving out prizes every week leading up to the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival. Prizes include festival tickets, and the grand prize is 140,000 HawaiianMiles. At Under the Modern Moon: Morimoto and Friends Presented by Hawaiian Airlines, attendees can also participate in a fun, photo scavenger hunt on Instagram and enter to win 80,000 HawaiianMiles. For more information or to participate in the promotion, visit Hawaiian Airlines’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hawaiianairlines on August 12, 2013.

About Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The Festival features a roster of more than 75 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry. Proceeds support the sustainability, cultural, and educational efforts of the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation, the Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Leeward Community College Culinary Program, Paepae o He‘eia, Papahana Kuaola, Hawai‘i Culinary Education Foundation, Maui Culinary Academy, and Maui County Farm Bureau. www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com

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, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014, subject to government approval. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily 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 (HawaiianAirlines).