Ohana by Hawaiian Logo, New

Announced this month by Hawaiian Airlines, Ohana by Hawaiian will be a new über regional airline between the islands of Moloka‘i and Lana‘i flying in adorable-looking, 48-passenger ATR42 turboprop aircrafts. The new name — the Hawaiian word for “family” — logo, and livery have been designed by renown textile and apparel designer Sig Zane (and son). Before we get to the rest of the post: my apologies for the crappy logo image above; there is no clean image anywhere of it.

In-depth look at the design and its concept with the designer. Long but worth a watch.

The Hilo-based designers used Hawaiian Airlines’ interisland route map as a basis for the design, and incorporated three kapa patterns: piko, representing ancestor and progeny; manu, representing both a bird in flight and the prow of a canoe, the traditional form of migration; and kalo, representing family.
Press Release

To summarize the concept as you scroll down: There are three different patterns with their own significant meanings (shown directly below) which are then applied within shapes derived from the flight routes of Hawaiian Airlines which is then flipped and made to fit unto the tail fin.

Ohana by Hawaiian Logo and Livery

“The piko symbol is derived from patterns seen in braided ti leaves.”

Ohana by Hawaiian Logo and Livery

“The manu symbol is derived from the shape of a bird in flight.”

Ohana by Hawaiian Logo and Livery

“The kalo symbol is derived from the shape of a taro leaf.”

Ohana by Hawaiian Logo and Livery

Ohana by Hawaiian Logo and Livery

“The kapa elements are woven together in a pattern derived from the Hawaiian Airlines route map, tracing modern connections between the communities of our island home.”

Ohana by Hawaiian Logo and Livery

The concept is fantastic. It’s extremely local and appropriate. Everything has a reason for being there. And based on the video at the top, it’s clear that there was a lot of thought and vested passion that went into it. Unfortunately, the execution is quite poor. I mean, it’s not terrible, but based on what they were working with, it could have been so much better. The patterns are nearly impossible to decipher on the livery and the thick strokes that were applied to the route map graphic only help obfuscate the patterns. The overall texture is quite nice, it looks almost like a lizard’s skin but all the clarity that went into the thinking is nowhere to be found on the plane. The super extended wordmark doesn’t help either, it’s an extremely disproportionate, unpleasant piece of typography that has no relation to the patterns or its parent brand. Still, I would jump on one of those planes any day of the week to go to where they go.

Ohana by Hawaiian Logo and Livery

Ohana by Hawaiian Logo and Livery

Ohana by Hawaiian Logo and Livery

Ohana by Hawaiian Logo and Livery

Thanks to Edgar Omar Garcia for first tip.

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Reviewed February 19, 201302.19.13 by Armin

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