Hawaiian Airlines launched the first mainland-bound flight featuring Hawaiian language spoken in cabin announcements and crew instructions on Friday. Flight HA18 to Las Vegas (LAS) was staffed with a flight crew of fluent olelo Hawaii speakers, who spoke to passengers in both English and Hawaiian.
To commemorate, honor and encourage Hawaiian culture, Hawaiian Airlines flight HA18, which left the Honolulu International Airport last week, was staffed with flight attendants who spoke in both English and olelo Hawaii (Hawaiian language). With its destination being Las Vegas, this was the first flight to the continental U.S. featuring this culturally immersive program.
Apr 13, 2018 · Eight flight attendants will engage with customers in Hawaiian and English on flight HA18, which departs at 3:10 p.m.
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Dr. Larry Kimura, who is known to many as “the grandfather of Hawaiian language revitalization,” was a special guest on the flight, according to Hawaiian Airlines.