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Hawaiian Airlines meals are inspired by the island of Hawaii to give you a taste of the islands even before you get there. Meals are complimentary on North America, South Pacific, and Asian routes. Hawaiian Airlines are one of the only domestic airlines serving Hawaii to still offer complimentary hot meals at mealtimes to all Main Cabin guests.

Further US Coach passengers will enjoy a wide range of complimentary drinks such as Juices, Sodas, Tea, Coffee and Water, Red or White wine are free with your meal while other alcoholic beverages may be purchased. The airline also offers free Mai Tai’s in all cabin classes!

Hawaiian offers Lion Coffee which is freshly roasted in Honolulu. They also offer Maui Brewing Company’s beers as well as On the Rocks premium cocktails (for sale $8.00 each in main cabin on flights within North America). 

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Passengers can rest assured that meals are natural and free of preservatives with environmentally friendly packaging. If you are still hungry after your complimentary meals, you can also purchase an array of Hawaiian-inspired premium meals and snacks onboard. The Pau Hana Snack Bar items for sale can be viewed right here.

On flights to JFK and Boston expect two complimentary meal services in the main cabin. Inflight service will start with the paid Pau Hana Snack Bar service first, then expect a welcome non-alcoholic drink and crackers, followed by the main meal service and tea/coffee offering. A few hours before landing expect another meal service, although this time it will be a light meal/snack offering.

From Honolulu to the West Coast and vice versa there is only one meal service, brunch is served before 10 am and lunch/dinner is offered on all flights after this time. Expect sandwiches to be served. Before landing, you will be offered a Mai Tai and some snacks.

Here’s a sample inflight menu from Main Cabin from Hawaii to Boston and v.v.

Before Arrival
Continental Breakfast Bag with Fresh Fruit Cup, Yogurt, Cheese, Crackers and Hawaiian Host Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts

Boston to Hawaii

Lunch/Dinner Meal
Yakisoba with Mushroom Sauce
Served with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Honolulu Cookie Company Cookie, Water Cuplet

Midflight Snack
Cream Cheese & Chive Sandwich Crackers

Light Snack/Sandwich Bag
Roasted Vegetable with Feta Sandwich
Hawaiian Host Chocolate & Pau Hana Snack Mix

Credit cards are the only form of payment accepted for the purchase of additional inflight snacks.


Alcoholic beverages are included in the price of your ticket on Hawaiian Airlines main cabin international flights to all destinations except for Tahiti and America Samoa. Passengers get a selection of complimentary beverages including beer, wine and liquor. You can get an idea of inflight menus right here.


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The following special meals can be ordered 48 hours before departure: Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free. These are available on all inbound and outbound international flights except Pago Pago and Papeete. Children’s meals can be ordered on all International services also.

Make sure that you request at least 48 hours before departure either through the airline’s reservations department, online or through your travel agent. You can manage your Hawaiian Airlines reservation right here.

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Nik has been running Inflight Feed since 2012, and since then he's taken well over 500 flights for work and pleasure. He documents his inflight meal experiences right here; he's also a freelance writer covering inflight meal trends, he has written for CNN and has regular columns in leading industry magazines. He's been featured in Vogue, QZ, Lifehacker, The New York Times plus many major news outlets across the globe.