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Hawaiian Language Greeting Launched at Molokai Airport

Visitors and kamaaina passing through Molokai Airport will now be welcomed by a Hawaiian language greeting.  The greeting at Molokai Airport, which was launched earlier this month, is a part of the HTA’s statewide Hawaiian Language Airport Greeting Program to integrate the Hawaiian language into the visitor experience.

To personalize the airport greeting, Molokai resident Kaala-Fay Camara recorded the message:

E na makamaka kipa mai i ke Kahua Mokulele O Molokai, o ka heke o ke aloha ia oukou!  E na hoa e haalele ana, mahalo keia kipa ana i ka aina hanau o Hina. No na kamaaina no hoi, e hele a hoi palekana mai no. A ia oukou e malihini me na kupa aina pu i hoea mai nei, ke aloha o nei aina ia oukou a pau!

Welcome to Molokai Airport. To our departing kamaaina, travel safely and come back soon.  If you’ve just returned, welcome home.  And to our visitors, we hope you enjoy your stay and come back to visit again.  Ke aloha!

To hear the airport greeting, click here.

The Hawaiian Language Greeting Program was launched at Honolulu International Airport in February.  Hilo, Kona, Maui and Kauai International Airports are expected to launch greetings in the coming months.  Local residents from each island will record the messages for their respective airport.

The HTA is pleased to support projects that honor the Hawaiian culture and recognize that it is Hawaii’s people, place and culture that sets us apart from other destinations in the world.  To learn more about the HTA’s Hawaiian Cultural Initiatives, please click here.

 

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