Tag Archives: Hawaiian Air

Departing in Style – HAL to Osaka #HAOsaka

For Hawaiian Airlines this is the the second destination route to Japan. This opens up the Kansai area for Hawaiian Air to connect more tourists and business people between Hawaii and Japan. It was a festive event this past Tuesday, July 12th, as I tried to capture the celebration at the departure gate prior to take off. Stay tuned for more to come...
  • Dallas Nagata shares her post for the first day in Osaka
  • Mari Taketa cranks out her first night post and her first day post on NonStop Honolulu
  • Esme Infante Nii has an eye opening experience in Osaka
  • Flickr photo set from the Inaugural flight

Seoul Adventure

Deoksugung Palace Intense, cold, inspiring and mind-expanding are just a few of the adjectives that describe my short but very memorable trip to Seoul, South Korea. I was invited by Hawaiian Airlines to join them on their inaugural flight from Honolulu to Seoul. Included on the flight were Hawaiian Air execs, media representatives and business partners. It was for me a once in a lifetime opportunity. At the inauguration, Lt. Governor Brian Schatz talked about Hawaiian Air opening  54,000 new seats to and from Seoul and the strengthening of Hawaii's ties to Asia. He also complimented Hawaiian Air for their "guts, vision and disciple" to expand in to a new market during tough economic times. In addition to the South Pacific, Hawaiian Air now flies to Korea, Japan, Philippines and Australia. Entertaining included a performance by the Korean dance troupe Choom Sa Rang who performed this traditional fan dance. Once in Seoul our adventure starts as I attempt to capture as much of it as I could on camera. The video above is one I shot of the food street vendors, edited on iMovie on the iPhone and then directly uploaded to YouTube. You can view the several hundred photos I shot from Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 and a video of Budaejigae, as the roving Hawaii team of Ryan Ozawa (Hawaii Weblog), Mari Taketa of Nonstop Honolulu and in country hosts, Aaron and Annie Namba of Bigger Bird Creative Inc. scour the urban landscape for Korea contemporary culture. Ryan did a superb job of chronicling each day by video. Here is Day 1, part 1; Day 1, part 2, Day 2, Day 3. Mari Taketa also did NonStop coverage of the adventure with daily posts: Hello SeoulSeoul Food, Seoul-ful Saturday and Basement Food Mania. The Internet was pervasive in Seoul and we were able to get wifi in the rooms, unlike Japan where I had to go the the hotel lobbies. This speed test is from the Bigger Bird headquarters. I may have been thousands of miles away from Hawaii but I always felt like I was well connected. Much Mahalos go out to the team at Hawaiian Airlines, Patrick Dugan and Keoni Wagner for inviting me on this inaugural flight; Nathan Kam and Paul Barton from McNeil Wilson for recommending us and embracing social media; ex-pats, Aaron and Annie Namba for their warmth and hospitality; Mari Taketa for putting up with a couple of geeks and to my buddy Ryan Ozawa for his boundless energy and enthusiasm.