Hawaiian Airlines resumes Auckland service
Hawaiian Airlines’ Honolulu to Auckland service
Hawaiian Airlines has resumed its three times weekly service between Auckland Airport and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, welcoming the first Kiwi travellers to Hawaii in over two years.
“As Hawaii’s hometown carrier, we are delighted to be the first airline to reconnect New Zealand with the Hawaiian Islands since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Russell Williss, Country Director of New Zealand at Hawaiian Airlines. “We are seeing strong demand – with some travel periods surpassing 2019 levels – proving that Hawaii has remained a top-of-mind destination for New Zealand travellers. It’s been a joy to reunite with our Kiwi guests, and we look forward to serving them with the same warm Hawaiian hospitality and award-winning service they know, love and miss.”
The carrier commemorated its momentous return with live entertainment, gifts and a Hawaiian oli and blessing. Hawaiian Airlines employees and passengers were welcomed back to Auckland by Māori roopu (cultural group), who performed a traditional Mihi Whakatau (welcome back ceremony) and cultural exchange of hospitality outside the arrival gate.
“Our return to Aotearoa (New Zealand) represents our commitment to and love for the country and its people,” said Debbie Nakanelua-Richards, Director of Cultural and Community Relations at Hawaiian Airlines. “It has been nine years since we first spread our wings in Auckland, and we have become akin to family. Several of our colleagues live and work in Auckland and have joined hands with the community to organise clean-ups of remote shorelines, exchange trips for kiwi and Hawaii youth, and the movement of historical relics that are symbolic of a cultural connection that dates back thousands of years. We like to think of our aircraft as a vessel that has, over the past decade, bridged a geographical divide between our archipelagos that were first connected by brave voyagers who sailed their wa’a (canoe) across the Pacific Ocean, using only the stars, wind, currents, and ancestral mana’o (knowledge) to guide their journey.”