The `Ohana Pages

Welcome to the Hawaiian Airlines family! On these pages you’ll find out what’s new with our ‘ohana and learn about our efforts to support a wide variety of community causes.

Save Our Reefs

Reefs are complex, living ecosystems that are very sensitive to environmental changes. World Reef Day, which is planned to be an annual event, was established this year to help raise awareness of the need to protect and preserve these natural resources.

On June 1, 2019, World Reef Day issued a call to consumers, businesses and organizations to do their part in preventing damage to the delicate, global ecosystem of coral reefs. Founded by Raw Elements USA with the support of Hawaiian Airlines and Aqua-Aston Hospitality, World Reef Day was inspired by new legislation that will go into effect in Hawai‘i and Key West, Florida, in January 2021. The new laws ban the use of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, two chemicals that have been shown to damage coral reefs.

A series of initiatives throughout June are aimed at raising awareness of how coral reefs are impacted by humans, including through industrial pollution, sewage and chemical sunscreens. World Reef Day also highlights organizations that are making a difference, including The Friends of Hanauma Bay, Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i and the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, a nonprofit scientific organization working to increase knowledge and conservation of natural habitats and resources.

As part of World Reef Day, one randomly chosen winner will receive 320,000 HawaiianMiles—the equivalent of a roundtrip flight to Hawai‘i for four people from any of Hawaiian Airlines’ thirteen U.S. gateway cities—and a complimentary stay at Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club in Waikīkī. The selected winners will also take part in personally tailored reef experiences with shark-conservationist Ocean Ramsay and professional surfer Garrett McNamara; get an ocean-to-table cooking lesson with chef/restaurateur Ed Kenney of Mahina and Sun’s; and get prize packs from Vissla, SISSTREVOLUTION, Pura Vida Bracelets, Package Free Shop and Health-Ade.

Hawaiian Airlines celebrated World Reef Day by distributing complimentary Raw Elements sunscreen samples on all flights to Hawai‘i from North America, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland and Papeete from May 25 – June 1. Visit worldreefday.org to learn more about coral reefs, how they benefit our lives and how people can help save them.

Rewarding Excellence

Last March, Hawaiian Airlines rewarded the exceptional performance of more than 7,100 employees with $31 million in profit sharing and bonus payments. The amount represents more than eleven percent of Hawaiian’s adjusted net income of $274.8 million last year.

“Our people are the heart of Hawaiian,” said Peter Ingram, the airline’s president and CEO. “Last year was not without challenges in the Islands, including devastating volcanic activity and flooding. Through it all, our employees welcomed a record 11.8 million guests with our signature hospitality and industry-leading punctuality, volunteered to support our communities and worked to solidify our company’s future.”

The employee rewards capped off an exceptional year of giving on behalf of the airline and its ‘ohana. In November 2018 Hawaiian celebrated the start of its ninetieth year of service with a company-matched employee giving campaign that raised $187,000 for four local nonprofits. That was in addition to the annual contributions made via the Hawaiian Airlines Team Kōkua community giving program, which supported 284 nonprofit organizations last year with a total of 20 million Hawaiian miles, $93,000 in donations and 10,400 volunteer hours.

Hawaiian Airlines offers more than 260 flights per day, including an average of more than170 daily, interisland jet flights. For each of the last fifteen years, Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance. None of this could happen without an extremely dedicated workforce.

“We are heading into 2019 with 7,271 employees whose passion and work ethic have positioned us to grow even stronger going forward,” said Ingram. “I am very honored to be part of Hawai‘i’s airline and look forward to the year ahead.”

From the Archives

In the summer of 1949 Hawaiian Airlines was celebrating twenty years of service. It was a time of growth and change for the airline: Our fleet consisted of ten DC-3s configured to carry passengers, along with three more to deliver freight between the Islands. A twelve-passenger Beech-18 served Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i. By this point, all of the original Sikorsky S-43s had been sold and the last of the little S-38s had been decommissioned and scrapped.

Service to the first airport at Kailua-Kona began in July of 1949 and there was also a new airport at Hāna, Maui. Pu‘unene Field, which was roughly midway between Kahului and Kīhei, had been the primary airport on Maui since 1938 and would be so for a few more years. Flights to Kaua‘i had been utilizing the remote Barking Sands Airport since the beginning of World War II, and would not have the use of Līhu‘e Airport for another year.

— Captain Rick Rogers

Going Mobile

After extensive research and testing Hawaiian Airlines has rolled out a new mobile app. The updated platform includes several special features, including the ability to access boarding passes up to twenty-four hours prior to flights and automatic alerts, notifications and updates to boarding passes when there are any changes to a flight.

The app allows guests travelling on the Airbus A321neo aircraft to stream movies, TV shows, games and music from smartphones and tablets, while all app users can connect with airline agents via chat to get quick answers to travel questions; check on the latest availability for standby or upgrades and navigate unfamiliar airports with interactive maps, which include turn-by-turn walking directions to gates, baggage claim areas, restaurants and premium lounges.