“Hawaii has a special relationship with Alaska Airlines. During the Great Recession, the airline provided a U.S. West Coast connection and a much-needed boost to our economy,” said David Ige, the Governor of Hawaii. “Ten years later, it’s the number one carrier from that market, and its passengers contribute over $2 billion to the state’s economy each year. But the bond goes beyond the economic impact. Alaska Airlines is part of our ohana and our shared values. We look forward to a long and productive future together.”
Productive indeed. Alaska Airlines flies nearly 180 flights each week from the Hawaiian Islands to the mainland. And Monday, November 6, marked 10 years exactly of Alaska Airlines service to Hawaii’s four major airports. To celebrate, they got involved locally.
Throwing a party at The Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki, Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden was on hand to hand out the big checks. The airline’s charitable foundation awarded 10 grants, each in the amount of $10,000 to organizations that provide youth, education, or workplace support in the state.
Those organizations include:
- AccessSurf, to provide accessible water programs for people with physical or cognitive disabilities.
- Aloha United Way, for the organization’s program to improve childhood reading proficiency.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii, for mentorship programs and youth support.
- Boys &d Girls Club Hawaii, for mentorship, skills development, and providing safe places for kids.
- Disney’s Make-A-Wish Hawaii, to provide encouragement to critically ill children and their families.
- Friends of Hawaii Robotics, to support robotics programs in Hawaiian schools, encouraging STEM skills and boosting students’ chances of attending university with competitive scholarships.
- Hawaii Youth Symphony, to advance music study, academic achievement, and emotional development.
- Islander Scholars, to honor and connect high school juniors who show merit in leadership skills and Hawaiian values.
- Kapiolani Health Foundation, to support Hawaii’s only maternity, newborn, and pediatric medical center.
- Kupu, to train and mentor youth to become advocates for Hawaii’s cultural and environmental needs.