HONOLULU – March 19, 2011 - Today an estimated 2,000 Hawaii residents joined the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for its largest event of the year in Hawaii, a 2.3-mile walk around Kapiolani Park titled,“Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes.”
The goal of the Walk is to raise more than $500,000, all of which will remain in Hawaii to help ADA fund diabetes education programs, advocacy, and research. Leading the Walk’s fundraising effort is Corporate Recruitment Chair Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, and Honorary Chair Mufi Hannemann, president of the Hawaii Hotel and Lodging Association.
Hawaiian Airlines had a major presence at theStep Out Walk to Fight Diabetes with a contingent of more than 500 participants, approximately one-fourth of the total number of walkers.
Upon completing the Walk, finishers enjoyed live entertainment, prize giveaways, and keiki games, and also took part in free health screenings.
According to the ADA, more than 113,000 Hawaii residents, or 8.5% of the state’s population, suffer from diabetes, while an additional estimated 28,000 residents remain undiagnosed.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian is the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in the 20th annual Airline Quality Rating study, having earned that distinction in three of the past four years. Hawaiian has also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past seven years (2004-2010) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the
top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii.
Now in its 82nd year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 150 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.