Embrace the Aloha Spirit with Hawaiian Airlines!

By Sarah John Afana

So, you’re thinking about a vacation. You’ve always wanted to see Hawaii, but you live in New York and it seems – SO. FAR. AWAY. Trust us when we say, there is no other island getaway that matches the islands of Hawaii. From the rich cultural luau traditions to the warm, welcoming Aloha Spirit you are greeted with the moment you arrive, you will be transported to another world. Well, it’s closer than you might think and easy to get there too with Hawaiian Airlines non-stop flights from JFK.


Let’s talk a little about this flight, we mean, Hawaiian Airlines IS the ONLY airline flying between the U.S. mainland and the islands providing a complimentary snack and meal. You’ll get a fresh fruit plate with cheese and crackers at snack time and a lunch or dinner of Penne Bolognese or Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs with a green salad (for example) and a glass of red or white wine – ALL INCLUDED. Of course, all the usual snacks and beverages are available for purchase as well but really, we think you’ll be full.

Hawaii Air Collage

Now, you’ve had a peaceful journey and landed on Oahu. What do you want to do? Gaze upon the awe-inspiring iconic Diamond Head from your lounge chair on Waikiki Beach while sipping a Mai Tai? (We recommend at least one afternoon spent this way.)

Diamond Head Collage

Embrace your inner tourist and go sightseeing?

Duke Collage

Get a taste for island cuisine with one of Hawaii’s top chefs, Chai Chaowasaree? (Who just happens to be the official Chef of Hawaiian Airlines and owner of “Chef Chai” in Honolulu. Don’t leave without enjoying his Coconut Cheesecake with Tahitian Vanilla Crème Anglaise – it is sooooo fluffy.)

Chai's Collage

Get to know the locals, both on land and in the sea?

Luau Collage

Venture out of Honolulu to the infamous North Shore?

North Shore Collage

Want to visit one of the other islands while you’re out in the Pacific? Great! Hawaiian Airlines offers a variety of daily flights between the islands making your adventure that much more full of memories.

Still looking for inspiration on Oahu, check out Ashley Colburn’s quest in Paradise Found with Outrigger Resorts & Diamond Head Vacations.

All photos by Sarah John Afana. 

About the Author

Sarahs_ShadowSarah John Afana is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute but chooses to spend her time exploring Mexico, the Caribbean, and other parts of the world for GOGO Vacations as a marketing specialist. She makes fantastic office treats and handles the company’s social media. She is also an accomplished artist, creator, and photographer.

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