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Enjoy “local” cuisine now when flying Hawaiian Airlines


Here’s a great way to Enjoy “local” cuisine now when flying Hawaiian Airlines. Book a trip to one of the inter-islands and enjoy some home-cooked food. On my next flight, I’ll try their Yellow Curry Penne Pasta with vegetables.

Enjoy "local" cuisine when flying Hawaiian Airlines

Pleasantly warm on the heels of discount carrier Allegiant’s announcement yesterday that it will greatly expand its Mainland-Hawai‘i service this fall came this subtle reminder of which airline not only has local roots, but still feeds its passengers largely for free:

Travelers who appreciate Hawaiian Airlines’ dedication to sharing Hawai‘i’s culture and tradition of hospitality will enjoy the airline’s new onboard menu and homegrown snacks showcasing the diversity of foods and flavors in the islands. The new offerings are available on all of its domestic and international flights. …

Among the meals being enjoyed by Economy Class customers on domestic routes are a Hawaiian Breakfast Wrap of fried rice, Portuguese sausage and edamame, and a Chicken Yellow Curry with rice and pineapple. Vegetarians can enjoy the Yellow Curry Penne Pasta With vegetables.

On international routes, one of the meals being enjoyed by travelers is a Hawaiian Moco, [Executive Chef Chai Chaowasaree‘s] take on the local favorite breakfast dish made with a grilled hamburger patty, steamed rice, brown gravy and fried eggs.

All of these meals are offered free of charge. Notably, Hawaiian remains the only airline serving Hawaii to offer complimentary hot meals to all Economy Class customers.

Enjoy “local” cuisine now when flying Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian’s press release goes on to note that those meals are in addition to “premium” ones, including sushi platters and  large specialty salads, that can be bought in Economy Class. As with other airlines, First Class passengers don’t have to worry about cost, only about choosing between items such as kalua pork and cheese omelet, shrimp and crab salad with crispy won ton taco, or a fresh seafood entree.

New to the for-purchase snack menu are made-in-Hawaii treats such as Punalu‘u Bake Shop’s macadamia nut shortbread cookies (Big Island), Anahola Granola’s Granola Bars (Kaua‘i), and Sweet Potato and Taro Chips from the Hawaiian Chip Company and Island Princess’ Macadamia Popcorn Crunch (both based on O‘ahu.)

While it might seem strange to applaud food items you have to pay for, I appreciate that investment in the local economy (not to mention agriculture.) I’ve been surprised by how often tourism representatives have sent me food items from Hawaii that turned out to be made in (and/or with products from) Thailand, China, Japan, etc. I’m sure they were all very tasty (I gave them away), but personally, if I’m looking for a taste of Hawai‘i, I’d prefer it to be from Hawai‘i. How ’bout you? And will free food be an enticement to fly Hawaiian or is it all about the peniamina (benjamins)?

Enjoy “local” cuisine now when flying Hawaiian Airlines and make sure the lable reads “Made in Hawaii”, then you will truly know that it was made right here on the islands.

~~Aloha Nui Loa


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