ALOHA AIRLINES TO OFFER FREE FIRST CLASS UPGRADES

imageHonolulu. Hawaii – Last week, The Adobo Chronicles broke the story about Hawaiian Airlines implementing new procedures whereby early boarding will be extended to ticketed passengers who can say “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a,” the name of Hawaii’s state fish. Read the story here.

Today, Aloha Airlines announced that it will be offering free first class upgrades to any ticketed economy passengers who can say  — in one breath – “Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele.” It is the name of a Hawaii woman who recently complained that  local officials are trying to get her to change her lengthy last name because it exceeds the number of characters allowed on state-issued identification cards.

Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele was able to convince the governor’s office to issue a special ID that could fit her entire surname, but when it expired earlier this year, she was right back where she started.

The problem, Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele says, is that her driver’s license was printed with just an abbreviated version of her family name — her first and middle name were completely left off.

Hawaii’s Department of Motor Vehicles had asked her to change her name “to make it easy for everyone.”  She refuses to do so.

Aloha Airlines said that their new offer is in keeping with the company’s mission statement to uphold the preservation of the Hawaiian culture.

So, for passengers of Hawaiian or Aloha Airlines, it is no longer enough to be able to say “Aloha.” If they want perks like early boarding or first class upgrades, they should be able to say, “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” or  “Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele.”

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