Hawaiian Airlines celebrates 10 millionth passenger of 2014

Hawaiian Airlines celebrated its 10 millionth passenger of 2014. Photo: Hawaiian Airlines. 

Hawaiian Airlines celebrated its 10 millionth passenger of 2014. Photo: Hawaiian Airlines. 

Hawaiian Airlines reported this week that it has carried more than 10 million passengers for the first time in its 85-year history. As a local reporter pointed out, it took 38 years for Hawaiian to carry its first 10 million passengers. 

So how did Hawaiian celebrate this milestone? With a full ceremony, of course. 

The airline decided that Harrison Matthews, flying from Honolulu to Maui on Flight 386, was the 10 millionth passenger. Before boarding, Mathews was met by Hawaiian's CEO and given 250,000 frequent flier miles. Other passengers on the flight received 1,000 miles. 

And yes, all passengers on the flight were given leis.