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As the new Flying Honu Airbus A380 from All Nippon Airways takes its inaugural Honolulu-Tokyo flight on May 24, the airline will also open its brand new lounge at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is taking you inside to get a look at all the amenities.
The lounge is split into two areas. The ANA Suite Lounge is available for First Class passengers and ANA Mileage Club (AMC) Diamond members. The ANA Lounge is available to First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, AMC Diamond, Platinum Diamond, ANA Super Flyers and Star Alliance Gold Members. Both lounges offer a range of services and amenities for business and holiday travelers.
The airline hopes the lounge will be a place where passengers can enjoy and relax every moment of their trip. It will accommodate many unique features such as direct boarding access for passengers who have seats in the upper premium deck and a family area with a charming design for passengers with children.
To combine design concepts from Japan and Hawaii, the airline looked at the concepts behind omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) and found some common ground with ho’okipa (Hawaiian hospitality). The ahupuaʻa and Hawaii landscape have been major influences in the flow of the design. The ANA Suite Lounge represents the fish pond on the ewa side of the ahupuaʻa, while the ANA Lounge represents the shore, with basalt walls that symbolize the mountains and a milo tree to provide shade as passengers enjoy their meal or relax along the shore. The family area represents the tide pools on the Diamond Head side, where waves surround the enclosed play area along with a school of fish swimming around.
While its lounges in Japan are generally geared for business travelers, both the ANA Suite Lounge and ANA Lounge in Honolulu are geared toward families. Many of its passengers fly in and out of Honolulu with small children, which is why the airline also included a multipurpose room for nursing mothers who want privacy or for anyone who wants to freshen up or change before arriving at their final destination.
ANA will be serving a combination of local and Japanese cuisine. Both lounges will offer a variety of options served buffet style. Some examples of the menu offerings include: poke, macadamia fish and Hawaiian barbecue chicken. Japanese offerings will include vegetable curry, rice bowls and shogayaki ginger fried pork.