Honolulu, Hawaii – The islands of Hawaii are a convenient and strategic place for deposed, disgraced and criminally-charged Philippine politicians when fleeing, or trying to flee, their country. Honolulu became the temporary home of the late Ferdinand Marcos, his wife Imelda and their children when the dictator was forced to leave the Philippines following the historic People’s Power Revolution.
Another former president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, more popularly referred to as ‘GMA,’ is rumored to be planning an escape to Hawaii’s Big Island. GMA is currently under hospital arrest for criminal charges of plunder and electoral fraud committed while she was president.
GMA’s plan just went poooof!
Hawaii’s mayor Billy Kenoi has signed a bill that bans genetically-engineered crops and plants, better known as GMO. Bill 113 was passed by the Hawaii County Council last November.
Arroyo’s chief of staff delivered the bad news to her at her hospital bed at a government hospital in Manila. The chief of staff did not realize that he had misread the news from Hawaii, thinking that the Big Island had just banned his boss, GMA, from coming to the islands.
Now, the Hawaii County Council picked up the idea. It is now considering a bill to ban GMA, in addition to the already banned GMO.
Honolulu, Hawaii – Hawaiian Airlines has recently announced new boarding procedures for all of its domestic and international flights.
Airline passengers know that different carriers have their own unique boarding procedures, offering early and priority boarding to first class passengers, members of their frequent flier programs,individuals needing special assistance, and by row numbers.
The newly-announced procedures at Hawaiian eliminate boarding by class or frequent traveler status. Instead, ticketed passengers will be asked to form a single line at the designated gate on a first-come, first-served basis. When the plane is ready for boarding, each passenger first in the queue will be asked to say the name of Hawaii’s state fish – humuhumunukunukuapua’a. Anyone who cannot say the name will be asked to go back to the end of the line.
Hawaiian Airlines said that the new policy is meant to help promote greater appreciation of things Hawaiian.
The reef triggerfish was originally designated the official fish of Hawaii in 1985, but due to an expiration of a Hawaiian state law after five years, it ceased to be the state fish in 1990. In 2006, a bill was passed in the state assembly which permanently reinstated humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa as the state fish of Hawaii.
So, next time you fly Hawaiian, it’s no longer enough just to be able to say, “Aloha.” You must be able to say, “hoo-moo-hoo-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-ah-poo-wah-ah!”
Manila, Philippines – The world has seen the launch of the Airbus A380 super-jumbo, currently the largest passenger aircraft to fly commercially. Other airlines have introduced on- board showers, full-sized beds and on-board chefs in their first-class sections. Budget airlines have not lagged behind in providing perks to their loyal customers — from pure leather seats to free wi-fi.
But nothing beats the ingenuity of the Filipinos. As the Philippine Tourism Department’s mantra says, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines.” And shall we say, inexpensive.
Philippine Airlines today started flying its newest passenger aircraft to service low-income citizens who cannot afford the cost of air travel and yet have to use a faster mode of transportation to move their produce — especially fresh farm fruits and vegetables — from the countryside to the urban centers. The new aircraft’s inaugural route is between La Trinidad Valley District Airport and the Ninoy Aquino Domestic Airport in Manila. La Trinidad, just a few miles north of Baguio City, the Philippine summer capital, produces the best and most abundant fruits and vegetables in the country, earning for itself the name, “Salad Bowl of the Philippines.”
For just four hundred pesos — about ten U.S. dollars — farmers can ride on the open deck built on top of the aircraft, along with their agricultural produce not exceeding 10 kilos (22 pounds) per passenger. The only downside to what Philippine Airlines is calling the “deck class” is that there is no beverage service available. Asked by The Adobo Chronicles whether or not there is a lavatory on the open deck, a PAL spokesperson replied, “We don’t think anyone needs it up there.”
The new open-deck aircraft is expected to serve other airports in the Visayas and Mindanao islands within the next year or so.