Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Carla Gros­setti hawai­ianair­lines.com.au

Aseam­less check-in ex­pe­ri­ence at the Hawai­ian Air­lines counter fol­lowed by an ex­press path route through cus­toms, and a warm wel­come in the Qan­tas Busi­ness Class Lounge is enough to make me switch the world clock on my iPhone onto Hawai­ian time. The good vibes con­tinue in the form of a na pua wel­come drink (prosecco and guava juice) of­fered by my at­ten­dant, who also prof­fers loung­ing pil­lows and a cot­ton quilt for my sleep-out in the sky. The aloha spirit is alive and well on­board, with the ukelele mu­sic piped into the cabin set­ting the mood as the stew­ards in the blue shirts tan­goed back and forth around the cabin, aim­ing to please. The com­pli­men­tary amenity kits, packed with lip balm, hy­drat­ing mist, den­tal kit, bam­boo comb and socks also en­hanced the com­fort lev­els.

The menu, de­signed by ex­ec­u­tive chef Lee Anne Wong (of Honolulu’s Koko Head Café) was also on-brand: think whole tomato salad with cu­cum­bers, five-spice chicken with co­conut milk gin­ger rice and chilled mini pineap­ple blue­berry pie.

The seats in the Busi­ness Class cabin, which have a 2-2-2 con­fig­u­ra­tion and Poltrona Frau Ital­ian-made leather chairs, re­cline 180 de­grees into beds that al­most – but not quite – lie flat. After a stiff Koloa Kauai White Hawai­ian Rum on the rocks, I pack away my slim­line TV screen with more than 100 hours of movies in favour of an au­dio pro­gram called Keiki Cor­ner, de­voted to Hawai­ian mu­sic, and hit the me­taphor­i­cal snooze but­ton for six glo­ri­ous hours of un­in­ter­rupted sleep. Ma­halo, Hawai­ian Air­lines.

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