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(Tue) January 23, 2018
Contact: Natalie Iwamoto

Hawaiian Airlines named official title sponsor of the HHSAA canoe paddling state championships

HONOLULU – The Hawaii High School Athletic Association has named Hawaiian Airlines as the new title sponsor of its canoe paddling state championships as the 17th annual regatta gets underway Feb. 3 in Hilo.

“The HHSAA is very appreciative of our partnership with Hawaiian Airlines,” said HHSAA Executive Director Chris Chun. “Hawaiian is a well-recognized local and national business leader, and as becoming the title sponsor of Hawaii’s iconic state tournament, it validates HHSAA’s mission of education-based athletics.  This partnership ensures that Hawaiian airlines will continue to provide our student-athletes and their families with safe, on-time, and affordable travel to and from all of our state tournaments.”

The three-year title sponsorship runs through the 2019-20 academic year and covers boys, girls and mixed canoe paddling state championships.

“We are proud to extend our longtime support for Hawaiian sports and culture to our youngest island paddlers,” said Avi Mannis, senior vice president for marketing at Hawaiian Airlines. “We look forward to welcoming our student-athletes, coaches, staff, as well as their families and friends on board with our Hawaiian hospitality.”

As Hawai‘i’s largest and longest-serving carrier, Hawaiian Airlines served as title sponsor of the HHSAA state girls and boys basketball tournaments for 14 years, beginning in the 2000-01 school year. The airline also supports professional and collegiate athletic events in Hawaii, including the Moloka‘i Hoe and Na Wahine O Ke Kai outrigger championships, as well as the Diamond Head Classic basketball tournament.  

This year’s Hawaiian Airlines Canoe Paddling State Championships takes place Saturday, Feb. 3 at Hilo Bay on the Big Island. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. with heats to follow at 10:00 a.m. and running through mid-afternoon.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 89th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 250 daily flights system-wide.

About the HHSAA

Founded in 1956, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational athletic organization exclusively dedicated to serving 96 public and independent member high schools statewide, as they work cooperatively to support and promote athletics as part of the high school education program. As the umbrella organization of high school athletics, the HHSAA operates 44 state championships in 18 different sports, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, in addition to providing professional development opportunities for coaches and athletic administrators.

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