Hawaiian Airlines’ Executive Chef Lee Anne Wong is in Australia right now, and as part of her visit, she hosted a Hawaiian cooking class in Sydney with key travel industry partners.

The Hawaiian Airlines’ team and their Sydney industry partners donned aprons and became kitchen hands for the morning as they learned the wonderful art of making Poke.

Chef Wong is in Sydney this week for menu presentations, highlighting Hawaiian Airlines’ food and wine focus and that fact that new in flight menus are coming early next year.

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Her delicious new food offerings will be rolled out on Economy and Business Class on Sydney to Honolulu, Brisbane to Honolulu and Auckland to Honolulu services in the first quarter of 2019.

Chef Lee Anne Wong is well-known in Hawaii for her famed brunch house, Koko Head Café, in Honolulu.

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In more positive news for the Aloha State, Hawaii Tourism Authority has revealed a 4.6% increase in Oceania visitor arrivals year to date.

Country Manager Australia for Hawaii Tourism Oceania Giselle Radulovic said the October 2018 results were “promising” for the Oceania market.

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“The October 2018 figures reflect strong growth for the Oceania region, building on an already strong visitation rate to Hawaii,” she said.

The October stats also showed a consistent average length of stay of 9.60 days, in line with year to date figures from 2017, and visitor expenditures of $886.5 million.

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“The forecast figures for 2018 show that Hawaii continues to be a much loved holiday destination for Australians and Kiwis. We predict more than 400,000 arrivals in Hawai‘i by the end of the year,” she said.

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