Airline rolls out ef­fort to speak Hawai­ian on flights

West Hawaii Today - - Front Page -

HONOLULU — Pas­sen­gers fly­ing Hawai­ian Air­lines may soon get a com­pli­men­tary lan­guage les­son as the com­pany am­pli­fies ef­forts to pre­serve tra­di­tional Hawai­ian by in­cor­po­rat­ing it into ev­ery­day busi­ness.

Cabin an­nounce­ments and crew in­struc­tions were given in English and the tra­di­tional Hawai­ian lan­guage on a Las Ve­gas-bound flight on Fri­day, mark­ing the first time the lan­guage was uti­lized on a flight headed to the main­land, Hawaii News Now re­ported .

The mis­sion is for flight at­ten­dants to pro­vide a “one-of-a-kind cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence by en­gag­ing with guests in both olelo Hawaii and English” as preser­va­tion of the Hawai­ian lan­guage con­tin­ues to be a hot is­sue on the is­lands, the com­pany said via email.

The idea was tested ear­lier this month on four flights to Hilo.

“The ini­tia­tive is an ex­ten­sion of the airline’s com­mit­ment to honor and share our is­lands’ unique culture with guests visit­ing Hawaii,” a com­pany spokesper­son said.

Both the in- flight an­nounce­ments and an­nounce­ments at the gate were done in Hawai­ian.

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.

Hawai­ian Air­lines said it hopes to ex­pand and for­mal­ize the lan­guage im­mer­sion pro­gram in the com­ing months.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.