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!”