Hoku Beltz, from our IT Technology Delivery team, has been with Hawaiian Airlines for more than eleven years. He is also a highly respected cultural practitioner. In 1994, Hoku met Mary Lou Kekuewa, a renowned Hawaiian artisan. Hoku ultimately became a hanai (adopted) son to Kekuewa and she, along with his hanai sister Paulette Kahalepuna, taught Hoku the art of Hawaiian featherworking. He is now a master of feather lei, kahili (royal standards) and other items. It was a hard-won skill. “I spent at least one to two hours each day practicing feather placement for the first nine months of my training,” Hoku now recalls. “Mama and Paulette would review my work and have me repeat it until I could see the changes in real time without having to rework. I was also taught to mimic other styles in order to recreate historical patterns.” During his apprenticeship, Hoku also regularly travelled with Paulette to conduct workshops and craft fairs. He also participated in the cleaning and refurbishing of kahili at Kamehameha Schools, Kawaiahao Church and St. Andrews Cathedral, among others. A single feather lei can take anywhere from sixteen to forty hours to create, with kahili and other projects taking substantially longer. “Some weeks, it consumes most of my free time,” says Hoku. “Since Mama and Paulette have both passed on, I feel it is my kuleana (responsibility) to share what I was taught to anyone who wants to learn, and so in addition to creating featherwork of my own I have started teaching small groups and individuals.”
Last April Hawaiian Airlines achieved a key milestone in its ongoing effort to reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions when it powered all wide-body aircraft arriving at airports in a single day with electrical power at the gate. The carrier’s initiative to connect parked aircraft to more efficient external electricity is significantly reducing pilots’ use of the onboard auxiliary power unit, or APU, which burns jet fuel to keep lights, avionics systems, air conditioning and other equipment on. Connection to external electricity can reduce Hawaiian’s APU usage by an estimated thirty minutes per flight, saving some 620,000 gallons of fuel annually and cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 5,933 metric tons. That’s roughly enough fuel to fly the airline’s wide-body fleet for a day, while the carbon reductions equate to taking 1,253 cars off the streets each year. Hawaiian already provides external gate power to its narrow-body, inter-island fleet. “It’s very much like a carefully choreographed dance of everyone involved in bringing our airplanes to the gate once they’ve landed,” said Jon Snook, Hawaiian’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Our teams must ensure the availability of working external power at the gate, monitor minute-by-minute the estimated arrival time of the aircraft and ensure all personnel are in place and ready to receive the aircraft.”
From the Archives
One of Hawaiian Airlines’ most memorable logos was introduced on the company’s twenty-third anniversary. November 11, 1952, also marked the arrival of our first air-conditioned and pressurized aircraft. Prominently painted on the nose of that first Convair 340 was an ‘i‘iwi, or scarlet Hawaiian honeycreeper. Its fiery-red body, quick black wings and long, curved bill make the ‘i‘iwi one of the most recognizable birds of Hawai‘i. The choice of a native song-bird was appropriate to represent a thoroughly Hawaiian airline. The ‘i‘iwi graced the livery of a generation of piston-powered aircraft including the DC-3s, Convairs, Trans-Pacific DC-6s and the Vickers Viscount. The logo was ultimately succeeded by the “Jetbird” logo in 1966, but can still be found in the shields of our pilots’ wings today.— Captain Rick Rogers
Congratulations to Australia’s Connor Baxter, the men’s overall winner in April’s Japan Pro-Am presented by Hawaiian Airlines. The Japan Pro-Am, which was held at Enoshima Beach in Kanagawa, was event number three of the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) World Tour. The tour features competition in multiple disciplines, including surfing, short-distance sprints and long-distance races. Hawaiian Airlines is committed to introducing the world to the culture and activities of our island home through a variety of sponsorships. In addition to the APP World Tour, Hawaiian Airlines sponsors numerous other ocean-themed events, including the Duke Kahanamoku OceanFest (which takes place each August in Waikiki) and the venerable Nā Wāhine O Ke Kai and Moloka‘i Hoe outrigger canoe races – the women’s and men’s races from Moloka‘i and O‘ahu, across Ka Iwi Channel. The Nā Wāhine O Kei Kai takes place each September and the Moloka‘i Hoe in October.