A pair of Honolulu Inaugurals

When both Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines scheduled inaugural flights for new routes in the same week I couldn’t help but book myself a couple seats on board.

  • Aloha NYC: Hawaiian Airlines Launches JFK-Hawai’i

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    The smell was the most surprising. Coming off the AirTrain, heading down the escalators into Terminal 5 at JFK, a trip I’d made dozens of times, was different this time. It was the smell. That’s probably surprising to folks who know me well, as my ability to smell is notoriously impaired. Maybe that’s why it […]

  • Aloha NYC: On board the inaugural flight JFK-HNL

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    My celebration of the new JFK-HNL service on Hawaiian Airlines wasn’t limited to just hanging out at the pre-flight festivities at T5. I also booked myself a seat on board and enjoyed the inaugural flight experience. This was my first long-haul experience with Hawaiian and also my first trip on one of their wide-body aircraft. […]

  • Preparing for United’s inaugural Hawaii – Dulles flight

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    After a whirlwind week the time had finally come to head home from Hawaii. And what better way to do so than on my third inaugural flight in 7 days? This time it was Honolulu to Dulles on United Airlines and, much to my surprise, my upgrade cleared 24 hours out from departure. I was […]

  • I finally discovered the part of Waikiki I like

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    I’ve never been a particularly big fan of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. I’ve visited many times and, quite frankly, it has never been very appealing to me. The beach itself isn’t all that great and the crowds regularly grated on me. I’d make the trips for the miles and I came out of it OK, […]

  • Checking in: Aqua Aloha Surf & Spa – Waikiki

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    I seemed to confuse the agent working at the front desk when I checked in at the Aqua Aloha Surf & Spa this past week. It seems that presenting myself and telling them that they won’t see me in their systems yet is a sure-fire way to evoke such a reaction. Perhaps I should start […]

  • Remembering the “date which will live in infamy” at Pearl Harbor

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    I’ve flown in over Pearl Harbor many times. I try to get an "A" seat on that flight specifically because I like to look out at Pearl Harbor on the final approach into Honolulu. But until this past trip I’d never actually made it out to the museum. What a mistake on my part. In […]

  • In Flight: On the inaugural United HNL-IAD flight

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    With three different inaugural flights over a seven day span inevitably one of them was going to be a let-down from the celebration perspective. For my week it was the inaugural United Airlines flight from Honolulu to Dulles. Part of that is because they didn’t really celebrate the eastbound flight as a party nearly as […]

  • Lounge hopping: My new favorite lounge in Honolulu

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    The lounge options in Honolulu are, for the most part, pretty sad. Sure, it is a US airport and most lounges in those are comparably bad, but with most passengers taking reasonably long flights to get home from Honolulu I feel like things should be better there. Alas, it seems I don’t get to make […]