HONOLULU- Leina’ala Ann Teruya Drummond, who held the title of Miss Hawaii in 1964 and was known for her achievements as an entertainer and successful businesswoman, as well as being the inspiration behind the iconic Hawaiian Airlines (HA) logo, sadly dies.
In 1973, a momentous change occurred when the company was renamed Hawaiian Air. During this time, the iconic emblem, designed by Landor Associates, was unveiled.
Hawaiian Airlines Inspiration Dies
Leina’ala, hailing from Pu’unene, Maui, accomplished her education journey at Kamehameha Schools and Cannon’s Business College. She entered the workforce at 18 years old after completing the Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendant Training program.
Drummond proudly represented the Aloha State, securing a top 10 spot at the Miss America 1965 competition. Her enduring passion was to spread the spirit of aloha to all she encountered wholeheartedly.
In 1973, Hawaiian Airlines revealed the iconic Pualani logo and selected Drummond to embody the symbol that graced the tails of their aircraft.
In Peter T. Young’s article titled “Pualani: ‘Flower of the Sky,'” he elaborates on the meaning behind Pualani. He states, “Pualani is designed to embody Hawaiian’s deep connection to its Island heritage, radiating a sense of grace, elegance, and compassion.
Simultaneously, her expression is believed to encapsulate the Hawaiian Airlines community’s strength, determination, spirit, and confidence.”
Moreover, Leina’ala is the proud parent of two children, Kawika and Christina. She shared 24 wonderful years of marriage with John Robert “Ian” Drummond until his passing.
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