The carrier kicked off 31 Days of Lei by giving away 1,500 lei to guests in Honolulu and Kona

HONOLULU - Hawaiian Airlines this morning surprised guests at Honolulu and Kona airports with 1,500 fresh flower lei - giving them a taste of the carrier's monthlong Lei Day celebration that kicked off today.

Hawaiʻi's hometown airline is extending its traditional May Day festivities to all 31 days of the month to honor the legacies of May Day as celebrated in Hawaii and Hawaiian Airlines - both of which date back 95 years to 1929.

Throughout the month, Hawaiian will share the act of giving lei at pop-up lei stands in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Tokyo, via a global sweepstakes awarding four million HawaiianMiles, and in a video series featuring Hawaiian Airlines employees, among other special surprises.

"31 Days of Lei is our love letter to Hawaiʻi's tradition of giving lei - it's a chance to celebrate this enduring symbol of aloha," said Rob Sorensen, vice president of marketing and e-commerce at Hawaiian Airlines. "Extending the celebration for the whole month is a way to share the beloved gesture of sharing lei with a global audience."

Following today's airport lei surprise and the annual Hawaiian Airlines May Day concert at Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaiian will embark on a series of pop-up events at The Atrium at Westfield Century City in Los Angeles on May 11, City Creek Center in Salt Lake City on May 18 and Ebisu Garden Place in Tokyo on May 31. Each event will feature a lei stand experience with a photo backdrop. Visitors will receive orchids to pin in their hair, flower lei, exclusive campaign merchandise and POG (passion orange guava) flavored cotton candy. Live music and hula will also be provided by the Hawaiian Airlines Serenaders.

Each week in May, Hawaiian will give away 200,000 HawaiianMiles to five winners located within its major markets including Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the U.S. In total, 20 winners will receive a combined four million HawaiianMiles through the 31 Days of Lei global sweepstakes, which will be open to attendees of the carrier's pop-up events and available to enter online at

Hawaiian has also produced a video series showcasing its employees and their love for making, sharing and wearing lei. Each video story will dive deeper into their connection to lei and the significance of Lei Day in their lives.

For more information on Hawaiian Airlines' 31 Days of Lei and Official Rules with eligibility, please visit No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of 50 U.S./D.C., AU (excluding SA), KR, JP, and NZ ("Eligibility Area") who are at least 18 and age of majority. Void outside Eligibility Area & where prohibited.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Now in its 95th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaiʻi's largest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers approximately 150 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands, and nonstop flights between Hawaiʻi and 15 U.S. gateway cities - more than any other airline - as well as service connecting Honolulu and American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Tahiti.

Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawaiʻi. The carrier was named Hawaiʻi's best employer by Forbes in 2022 and has topped Travel + Leisure's World's Best list as the No. 1 U.S. airline for the past two years. Hawaiian has also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for 18 consecutive years (2004-2021) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The airline is committed to connecting people with aloha by offering complimentary meals for all guests on transpacific routes and the convenience of no change fees on Main Cabin and Premium Cabin seats. HawaiianMiles members also enjoy flexibility with miles that never expire. As Hawai'i's hometown airline, Hawaiian encourages guests toTravel Ponoand experience the islands safely and respectfully.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at Follow Hawaiian's Twitter updates (@HawaiianAir), become a fan on Facebook (Hawaiian Airlines), and follow us on Instagram (hawaiianairlines). For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian's LinkedInpage.

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