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Hawaiian’s new menu, snacks showcase local flavors


Travelers who appreciate Hawaiian Airlines’ dedication to sharing Hawaii’s unique 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.

“Allowing our guests to savor the delicious flavors of our local cuisine helps them begin their Hawaii experience hours before they actually arrive,” said Blaine Miyasato, Hawaiian’s vice president of product development. “It’s an important part of the Hawaiian hospitality that sets us apart from any other carrier to our islands and another example of how Hawaii flies with us.”

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Hawaiian’s variety of inflight meals reflect the Hawaii-inspired flair that Executive Chef Chai Chaowasaree has brought to the new menus using ingredients found in the islands.

For example, 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, Chai’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 complementary hot meals to all Economy Class customers.

These selections are in addition to the premium meals available for purchase in Economy Class, which include fresh sushi platters and large specialty salads.

Hawaiian’s First Class menu also offers a variety of meal options that showcase the cultural diversity of Hawaii’s cuisine, such as Kalua Pork and Cheese Omelet, Shrimp & Crab Salad with Crispy Won Ton Taco, and Grilled Prawns with Fusilli Pasta & Mac Nut Pesto.

In addition, as a tribute to Hawaii’s ocean lifestyle, all of Hawaiian’s First Class customers have a fresh seafood entrée to consider when selecting their meal.

Adding to the enjoyment of inflight dining on Hawaiian are new made-in-Hawaii snacks available for purchase on all mainland and international flights.

These include Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies from Punaluu Bake Shop, Granola Bars from Anahola Granola, Sweet Potato and Taro Chips from Hawaiian Chip Company, and Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts and Macadamia Popcorn Crunch from Island Princess.

Sharing Hawaii’s food culture was also the theme of Hawaiian’s popular wall calendar for 2012. The calendar’s theme, “Hawaiian Choice Awards,” spotlights the best places to find 12 local favorite foods in Hawaii, one per month, as selected by Hawaiian’s employees.

Some of the awardees include “Best Spam Musubi” from Tanioka’s on Oahu, “Best Loco Moco” from Cafe 100 on Hawaii Island, “Best Manju” from Home Maid Bakery on Maui, and “Best Poke” from Foodland on Kauai.

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