Honolulu Airport Greets Visitors in Hawaiian // © 2011 Hawaii Tourism Authority
Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state's tourism agency, has unveiled the first-ever Hawaiian language greeting to be played throughout the Honolulu International Airport. The message welcomes visitors in Hawaii's native language.
"Through our Hawaiian Culture Initiative, HTA is honored to be able to support the perpetuation of the Hawaiian language and its integration into the visitor experience," said Mike McCartney, president of HTA. "Hawaii's host culture is what makes our islands unique and sets us apart from any other destination in the world. For visitors and residents, hearing the Hawaiian language at the airport is a special way to celebrate our host culture."
The 40-second welcome message, recorded in Hawaiian and English, is broadcast throughout the airport every 30 minutes.
At the same time, HTA has launched an in-flight Hawaiian language video message welcoming visitors to the islands. Copies of the video are being made available to all airlines with service to Hawaii. The HTA is coordinating the production of subtitle translations for flights arriving in Hawaii from international destinations.