Omedetoo Gozaimasu! (Congratulations!)
Hawaiian Airlines launched service to KIX, its second Japanese destination today as HAL449. N590HA "Koa‘e ‘ula" (c/n 33476, l/n 894) was the 767-3CBER selected for the inaugural flight, seen above being pushed out of Gate 34. To celebrate the new service, the airline held pre-boarding festivities at HNL's Gate 34, that included remarks by Hawaiian Air CFO Peter Ingram and Hawai‘i Tourism Authority CEO Mike McCartney; and each passenger received a lei prior to boarding.
Hawaiian music and hula performances by the Hawaiian Air Serenaders.
Two members from the Hanayagi Dancing School performed a Japanese dance called "Yappari Osaka".
Kahu Richard Kamanu offered a Hawaiian blessing before any passenger or crew boarded "Koa‘e ‘ula"
The flight and cabin crew of HAL449 pose with CFO Peter Ingram under the commemorative banner.
Hawaiian Air's press release.