HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new recorded greeting is welcoming visitors at the Honolulu International Airport. A Hawaiian language message now greets visitors as they arrive in the aloha state.
"Through our Hawaiian Culture Initiative, the Hawaii Tourism Authority is honored to be able to support the perpetuation of the Hawaiian language and its integration into the visitor experience," said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the 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, will be broadcast throughout the Honolulu International Airport every 30 minutes.
The message is as follows:
Aloha e nâ makamaka kipa mai i ke Kahua Mokulele Kau'âina O Honolulu! E nâ
'ôhua e ha'alele ana, no 'oukou ka maluhia o ka holo 'ana a ho'i hou mai. E nâ
malihini i hô'ea mai me nâ kama'âina pû kekahi, ke aloha o ka 'âina iâ 'oukou a
Welcome to the Honolulu International Airport. If you're headed out, travel safely
and come back soon. Kama'âina, welcome home. And if you've just arrived, we
hope that you enjoy your stay in our islands!
A Hawaiian language video message was also created for in-flight programming to welcome visitors to our islands.
The welcome message and video was produced by Palikû Documentary Films and features Amy Kalili from Aha Pûnana Leo. The HTA worked in collaboration with both organizations to produce the messages.
"We want to say mahalo to Governor Abercrombie and the state Department of Transportation, Airports Division, for embracing this project and helping us to implement it at the Honolulu International Airport. We look forward to unveiling Hawaiian language welcome messages at all airports statewide by the end of 2011," said McCartney.