#WhyWeFly

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Air travel brings people home for the most important moments in life.

We talked to a few people about who and what is waiting for them at the end of their journey.

Tasha Eldridge

"My name is Tasha and I’m a station manager for Hawaiian Airlines. I got my first job with Hawaiian more than 16 years ago when I was growing up in Maui. Little did I know that working for the airline would be my ticket off the island. It gave me the chance to broaden my horizons – to see the world but still come home and see my family. I travel because it’s in my blood. I have that itch to see the world – that explorer mentality."

Srikrishna Gopalikrishna (Sri G)

"There’s just such a huge difference between texting or Facetiming my family from San Jose, California and actually being home in Bangalore. When I’m home, I get to eat my mom’s food, listen to my family’s stories and reconnect with the friends that grew up with me. Flying is the only way for me to get back home to them."

Rianne Malina

"I’m a customer service agent and I’ve worked for Hawaiian Airlines for four years. I just love my job. Every day I get to meet new people, do something I enjoy and give back. I’m lucky enough to work with my aunt here in San Francisco, but the truth is everyone I work with at Hawaiian is family."

Yiran Pang (Elaine)

"I’m a data scientist for a tech company just outside of San Francisco. I grew up in a small town in China. I think my goal when I was young was just to get into college someday and then go back to my little town. I never dreamed I’d end up in the Valley. I love it here. I love the weather and I love the people. I know it’s cliché, but I think we’re actually making the world a little bit better."

Kristina McMillan

"Working for Hawaiian Airlines as a customer service representative, I’ve found it’s a very tight-knit community. We’re more family than coworkers. You come in and ask about each other’s day, what you’re doing this weekend. You barbecue together all the time and hang out after work. We care about each other as family. It’s the spirit of Ohana."

John McGarry

"Flying is a great way to get away to different countries and experience different cultures. We were skiing in France in February, and now we’re visiting my brother in the U.S. Flying makes it easy. You can go wherever you want and within hours you’re home."

George Woo

"I’m an operations manager for Hawaiian Airlines. On my son’s first flight ever, we were able to take pictures of him in the cockpit. Even though he was only about eight months old, he had a great time. He was just looking around and was in awe by all the lights and everything. Now he says, ‘I want to fly an airplane’ and loves folding paper airplanes. In fact, at his nursery school they even have a seesaw that is like a little airplane and he loves sitting on it!"

Augustine Williams

"I play forward for the Portland Timbers and get to travel the country. I grew up playing soccer for fun, until a lot of people told me it was something I could actually have as a career. Someday, I would love the opportunity to fly back to my native country of Sierra Leone and help out kids by opening a soccer academy. It’s a goal of mine to help kids have more opportunities to pursue their dreams like I have."

James Pepe

"I love my job because I work with some great people who make sure to provide the best service for our customers — not to mention the added benefit of traveling anywhere in the world at any time."

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