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Hawaiian Airlines logo and livery features the face of a Maui native and one-time Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant. She has been the symbol of the airline since the early 1970s.
Airline Geeks is reporting that Leina’ala Ann Teruya Drummond passed away at age 77. She was Miss Hawaii in 1964, trained as a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant at age 18, graduated from Cannon’s Business College in Honolulu, and went on to become a successful businesswoman. But, her legacy will forever tie her to Hawaiian Airlines logo where she has served as the face (through several iterations between the early 1970s and its latest refresh in 2001).
Pualani, which means flower of the sky in Hawaiian, inspired the airline’s bright, floral logo. Drummond’s face currently adorns 66 of Hawaiian Airlines aircraft including its newest Boeing 787-9.
Anthony’s Take: I never knew that the woman pictured on so many Hawaiian Airlines planes was a real person and that she once trained as a flight attendant. My condolences to her friends and family. May they always look on her likeness with pride.
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