HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines has announced the appointment of Kevin Imanaka to the new position of director - internal and corporate communications. In this new position, he is responsible for overseeing and managing the strategy for communicating with more than 5,000 Hawaiian employees.

“Kevin’s extensive experience in communications is well suited to our corporate communications team and to our employees,” said Ann Botticelli, Hawaiian Airlines senior vice president, corporate communications and public affairs. “His background and expertise will be key in guiding our communications strategy as we expand our business.”

Imanaka brings 23 years of experience in corporate communications to Hawaiian. Most recently, he served as director of communications & community relations for the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. Imanaka’s extensive background in communications also includes serving various management positions at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii for 14 years; director, communications at Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce; and account executive at Professional Communications, formerly a division of Starr Seigle McCombs Advertising.

He is a graduate of Punahou School and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands.

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