HAWAIIAN AIRLINES: THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL TO HAWAII
Oh aloha! I’ve just come back from a blissful week exploring two of Hawaii’s gorgeous islands – Oahu and Hawaii Island. If you’ve been keeping up with my adventures on Instagram and Snapchat, then you know I had an incredible time and I cannot wait to go back to explore Maui and Kauai. Fingers crossed. But first - how did I get to Hawaii? For this trip I flew Hawaiian Airlines - the best way to travel to Hawaii. So if you want to know what I thought about my experience, read on to find out.
ECONOMY CLASS Date Travelled: Sunday 13th March, 2016 Flight Number: HA444
As soon as I was greeted by the flight attendants with an ‘aloha’ and boarded the plane, I felt like I was already in Hawaii. As I walked down the aisle towards my Economy Class seat, the airline was playing traditional Hawaiian music and everyone was just so damn lovely; lots of smiles and Hawaiian spirit 'Mea Ho‘okipa', which translates to 'I am your host' and I had heard so much of.
The seating plan of the Airbus A330 II was well planned offering 2 x 4 x 2, which is perfect for solo travellers, couples and groups of families and friends. I was travelling with Jason and we were very happy to find we were seated in a row of two next to a window, which meant we also had an aisle and lots of space.
As soon as all the passengers were settled and we taxied along the tarmac, the airline played a safety video, which was highly themed to the Hawaiian way of life. I love how airlines really pay homage to their heritage in such a creative way and it seemed everyone else around me loved the safety video as much as I did.
Whilst there is no wifi, there is plenty of on demand entertainment to keep us occupied for the short nine hour flight to Honolulu. I watched three movies and managed to get a couple of hours sleep. I would have liked more sleep but I was way too excited! Although the complimentary blanket and pillow was very comforting.
As our flight left Brisbane in the late evening, the first meal was a simple sandwich and packet of Smiths chips. And in all honesty, everyone was just interested in watching movies and catching some sleep. After the late night service, the flight attendants turned down the lights and for the following few hours walked up and down the aisle with refreshments and water.
When we were about two hours from Honolulu, we were served a hot breakfast of eggs, tomato, hash brown and bacon with fresh juice. The meal itself wasn’t fancy but the fact that it was warm was really nice. Plus I get the gist that people fly with Hawaiian Airlines not necessarily for the food, but for the experience and of course, the hospitality.
Flying into Honoulu, we arrived in the mid morning which meant we had stunning views over the bay and Pearl Harbour; definitely a time to take a few snaps and get even more excited about our trip.
FINAL THOUGHTS Overall, my experience with Hawaiian Airlines was really good! I give the airline four out of five stars. The flight price was competitive and I noticed to he no fuss airline is extremely popular with Hawaiian’s and international travelers alike. I adored the Hawaiian hospitality onboard the airline and the entertainment was really good.
Also, the airport in Honolulu is truly very cool - it's open air and there is an outdoor area complete with palm trees and grass where passengers waiting for their flight can relax and enjoy that gorgeous Hawaiian sun. And keep an eye out for the Lei stations where you can buy a fresh lei or two for your arrival - absolutely mandatory!
Obviously one of the biggest reasons why Australians flock to Hawaii every year is for the world class surf. So if this sounds like you, then you have to fly with Hawaiian Airlines because they make it possible to take your own surfboard from Australia to Hawaii at no additional cost; providing it fits under their industry leading 2 x 32kg luggage allowance per passenger. This is quite a bonus for surfers who tent to travel light but prefer to take their own board with them when they travel.
TRIP NOTES - Hawaiian Airlines flies daily from Sydney and four times weekly from Brisbane to Honolulu and beyond to the neighbouring islands of Maui, Kauai and Hawai'i Island. - Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.au. Follow updates on Twitter and its special fare offers, and become a fan on its Facebook page.
This post was in collaboration with Hawaiian Airlines.