‘Ohana by Hawaiian launched service between Honolulu, Moloka‘i and and Lāna‘i in Spring 2014. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of this essential service, our employees have donated one million HawaiianMiles each to two nonprofit organizations. Both the Moloka‘i Cancer Fund and Lāna‘i Kina Ole rely on our fleet of ATR-42 twin-engine turboprop aircraft to help their clients access medical services and supplies that are not readily available within their communities.
The Moloka‘i Cancer Fund assists patients by providing access to medical services, lodging and transportation. Volunteers also help secure air travel to treatment centers located throughout the state. Lāna‘i Kina Ole, a human services organization, provides kūpuna (elders) and their families free home health care and medical support from a team of registered nurses and certified nursing assistants. “We consider ourselves caretakers of Lāna‘i’s kūpuna but, as a small community, we face limitations due to the island’s shortage of medical facilities,” said Valerie Janikowski, a registered nurse and program administrator at Lāna‘i Kina Ole. “Hawaiian Airlines’ donation has helped us tremendously in growing our organization, getting our staff trained and connecting our patients with professionals on the Neighbor Islands to get the medical attention they need.” Team Kōkua, our employee volunteer group, assisted Lāna‘i Kina Ole’s staff in inaugurating and blessing its first office.
‘Ohana by Hawaiian, which is operated by Empire Airlines, provides five daily round-trip flights between Honolulu and Lana‘i City; three daily round-trips between Honolulu and Ho‘olehua on Moloka‘i and daily flights between Honolulu and Kapalua, Maui.
Last year, Hawaiian Airlines partnered with the New Zealand-based nonprofit Sea Cleaners to bring nine Māori youth to O‘ahu for International Coastal Cleanup Day. In New Zealand, Sea Cleaners works to preserve the island nation’s coastlines; on O’ahu, the youths were kept busy removing marine debris, engaging in cultural exchanges and visiting local schools to share their stories.
Last March, the airline collaborated with Sea Cleaners again, this time working with Nā Kama Kai—a Hawai‘i nonprofit that educates youth about ocean conservation—to select three local teenagers to engage in environmental initiatives in New Zealand. Once selected, the group embarked on a weeklong trip to help spread a message of sustainability to North Island communities.
“Our partnership with Hawaiian Airlines has been a wonderful advancement in engaging and driving the youth leadership component here. It’s just been sensational,” said Hayden Smith, co-founder of Sea Cleaners. For more on this story visit “Mana‘o,” the official blog of Hawaiian Airlines: https://newsroom.hawaiianairlines.com/blog.
From the Archives
By the spring of 1969, as Hawaiian Airlines prepared to celebrate its fortieth anniversary, the company was well into the Magoon Era. John H. Magoon had become President and CEO after acquiring majority ownership of the airline from financier Harry Weinberg in 1964. The airline was now completely in the jet age and flying the first versions of the Douglas DC-9 — there were seven in service, with more on order.
This was also a period of ground-based innovation. Our reservation system had gone paperless, using the first multi-airline computer system to link electronic ticketing services in Hawai‘i, North America and Japan. Mr. Magoon would ultimately prove to be the airline’s longest serving head, relinquishing the President title in 1982 while staying on as Chairman until his retirement in 1989. — Captain Rick Rogers
Hawaiian Airlines’ Hilo Station is crucial to the annual Merrie Monarch Festival, which brings thousands of dancers, cultural practitioners and hula enthusiasts to the Big Island each spring. Preparations include adding more flights, guest service agents and ramp personnel. Special check-in counters are set up to ensure a smooth process for hālau hula (hula troops) and other large groups. The airline also coordinates with local Transportation Safety Administration officers and the state airport manager in dealing with unusual baggage, including hula implements and trophies.
“There is a deep feeling of joy, humility and pride that comes with serving our hālau,” says Hilo General Manager Luana Gibson. “As we prepare each year for the upcoming event, we forget about our sore feet and exhaustion from the previous year.”