3 September 2014
The successful launch of the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard has generated an additional USD100,000 in funding for the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines.
The donation is the maximum amount pledged by the airline and its credit card partners MasterCard, Barclaycard US and Bank of Hawaii. The companies made contributions for each credit card activated between the card´s launch on February 24 and May 13, 2014.
The funds are available on an unrestricted basis to further the voyage´s mission of global sustainability. The donation augments Hawaiian Airlines´ previously announced commitment of 32 million air miles for crew travel as well as cargo support to transport supplies throughout the Pacific.
Malama Honua, to care for our earth, is a four-year journey by the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule´a and the research canoe Hikianalia across the earth´s oceans. Powered by the wind, guided by the stars, and based on the culture of ancient Polynesian navigators, the voyage will cover a total of 47,000 nautical miles and will visit 85 ports in 26 countries.
Hawaiian has led all US carriers in on-time performance for each of the past ten years (2004-2013) as reported by the US Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai´i.