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Hawaiian Airlines is underscoring its dedication to sharing Hawaii's unique culture and tradition of hospitality by introducing an 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.”
Hawaiian’s new inflight meals reflect the Hawaii-inspired flair that executive chef Chai Chaowasaree has brought to the carrier's menus, which use ingredients found in the islands. Among the free meals served in the Economy class cabin on domestic routes are a Hawaiian breakfast wrap of fried rice, Portuguese sausage and edamame, and a chicken yellow curry with rice and pineapple.
On international routes, one of the meals being served is a Hawaiian Moco, the chef's take on a local favorite breakfast dish made with a grilled hamburger patty, steamed rice, brown gravy and fried eggs.
Hawaiian’s First Class menu also offers meal options that showcase the cultural diversity of Hawaii’s cuisine, such as kalua pork and cheese omelet, shrimp and crab salad with crispy won ton taco, and grilled prawns with fusilli pasta and macadamia nut pesto.
Available for purchase on all of Hawaiian's mainland and international flights are such new made-in-Hawaii snacks as 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 the theme of Hawaiian Airlines’ wall calendar for 2012. The calendar spotlights the best places to find 12 local favorite foods in Hawaii, one per month, as selected by Hawaiian’s employees.