Hawaiian Airlines today released its attempt to educate Hawaii visitors on safely and responsibly visiting the islands. It will also be introduced as an in-flight video before landing, starting next week. You can watch the video now, however, before stepping on board.
Hawaiian crewmembers and a Hawaiian cultural practitioner share their wisdom on various topics from protecting the environment, endangered species, safety in the ocean and on-land, and community and cultural suggestions.
Hawaiian Airlines Senior VP, Avi Mannis said, “we’ve served as Hawai’i’s hometown carrier for over nine decades, and as residents of this special place, we are proud to welcome our guests with valuable information that will enrich their experience on the islands while helping protect Hawaii’s natural resources and our way of life.” As for why now, Mannis said, “over the last month we have heard from our community and employees calling for a video like this, and we listened.”
HTA president John De Fries, who is looking to change Hawaii tourism in a multitude of ways said, “We thank Hawaiian Airlines for taking a leadership role in educating visitors about how to respect and nurture our people and place, for the well-being of our communities throughout the state.”
De Fries, from Oahu, is the first Native Hawaiian to head the state’s HTA tourism arm. He indicated recently that he expects travel here to return to more normalcy, instead of huge swings in demand, once international travel resumes. The lack of competition is what has created this surge in demand he believes. And we’d add the built-up demand for leisure travel after a year and a half of isolation.
Does this video change anything about your Hawaii travels?