Aloha Brisbane! - Part I: Hawaiian Airlines Launches Their Newest Route to Australia (#AlohaBNE)

December 5th, 2012
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Sorry peeps, still trying to catch up with everything, so no "Where In Hawaii" post this week, but here's a sneak peek at Part I of my Aloha Brisbane series. Hope you enjoy it!

Traveling to Australia has always been a dream of mine. I mean, let's face it, they've got so many interesting and unique things going for them...

  • Their seasons are completely opposite from ours.
  • They've got koalas and kangaroos to ogle over.
  • They have cute sayings like "G'day Mate!", "Barbie" (BBQ), and "Oi (Oi Oi)!" (LOL!)
  • Their toilet seats (supposedly) flush in the opposite direction.
  • Regional Beers like Hahn, Tooheys and XXXX.
  • And, uh, Vegemite... I guess.

So when the opportunity arose for me to join Hawaiian Airlines' inaugural flight to Brisbane, I could not say "Yer, mate" fast enough!

On Tuesday, November 27th, of 2012, Hawaiian Airlines launched its newest direct route to Australia's third most populous city: Brisbane. Like some of Hawaiian's previous inaugural flights (Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Seoul, New York City and Sapporo), they invited members of the (new) media to help document the journey, every step of the way. The recruits this time around were Melissa Chang (@Melissa808) of NonstopHonolulu.com, Catherine Toth (@thedailydish) of TheCatDish.com, Kaleo Lancaster (@islandtrails) of Island Trails, and myself (@worldwideed) of World-Wide-Ed.com.

 


Hawaiian Airlines Flies to Brisbane, Australia! (via HawaiianAirlines' YouTube channel)

 

It was a whirlwind 3 day, 2-night tour, but we definitely got to experience Brisbane the only way Hawaiian Airlines knows how: with Aloha. Here are some of the sights and sounds that we were fortunate enough to experience.

Hula dancers giving us a nice sendoff
Hula dancers giving us a nice sendoff

HA443 departs Honolulu at 10:20am every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and arrives in Brisbane (BNE) at 4pm the following day.

Blessing by Kahu Richard Kamanu
Blessing by Kahu Richard Kamanu

The awesome Hawaiian Airlines crew for our HA443 flight to Brisbane
The awesome Hawaiian Airlines crew for our HA443 flight to Brisbane

After about 10 hours in the air, we finally get to the beautiful city of Brisbane
After about 10 hours in the air, we finally get to the beautiful city of Brisbane

These two (Melissa Chang and Catherine Toth) are happy to be on the ground
These two (Melissa Chang and Catherine Toth) are happy to be on the ground

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7 Responses to “Aloha Brisbane! - Part I: Hawaiian Airlines Launches Their Newest Route to Australia (#AlohaBNE)”

  1. che:

    Looking forward to more pics. I too would like to get there one day. Do the toilets flush in the opposite direction?


  2. carokun:

    Looks like you had a great time - no sleeping on the plane pics? ;)


  3. DIO:

    How do you flush a toilet seat? :???:


  4. rayboyjr:

    :cool: G'Day Errr-One!!! :cool:

    ... hey Ed ... I'm a little under the weather ... appropriately for your visit to the land down under ... haha ... not really funny ...

    ... anyway ... can't wait til you show us your adventures ... and I'd like to see you actually eating vegemite ... video!!! ...

    ... and don't have to test the toilet ... just fill up any sink with water and let the water drain down ... you'll probably see the same effect if it's true ...

    ... Have a Good One Everyone!!! ...


  5. Chicken Grease:

    Ha'n't beeh theyr eyvah, buh, hope ta' go one dey. Goodah know I cyan get theyr month' easily, mayte, hope ya' hyad fun, YEd! ;)

    Now, one of Grease's Frank Castle-ized related comment: I sure hope those two Australian radio DJs pay badly and big for their classless practical joke. Silly. May that nurse R.I.P.

    Happy holiday, e'ry 1.


  6. carokun:

    happy 12-12-12! :)


  7. World Wide Ed:

    * 1.che:
    Looking forward to more pics. I too would like to get there one day. Do the toilets flush in the opposite direction?

    LOL! I wanted to know the same thing, but it was pretty inconclusive:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XA5AY0vXc8

    * 2.carokun:
    Looks like you had a great time - no sleeping on the plane pics?

    Hahahaha. You heard about that huh? Here's a small sample.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGB7zV6oML0

    * 3.DIO:
    How do you flush a toilet seat?

    The ones I saw all had two buttons on the top of the toilet instead of a handle on the side. Weird...

    * 4.rayboyjr:
    ... anyway ... can't wait til you show us your adventures ... and I'd like to see you actually eating vegemite ... video!!! ...

    Wow, this is turning into a Youtube video link fest. LOL! Here's one of Cat and Melissa trying Vegemite. I'll take credit for filming it. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F44n74bBlY

    * 5.Chicken Grease:
    Now, one of Grease's Frank Castle-ized related comment: I sure hope those two Australian radio DJs pay badly and big for their classless practical joke. Silly. May that nurse R.I.P.

    Woah, must've missed that in the news. Sad...

    * 6.carokun:
    happy 12-12-12!

    Yay! :)