‘Aloha’ BNE! The count-down is on. Hawaiian themed sand sculptures and floral leis transform BNE

With the launch of new non-stop flights between Brisbane and Hawaii just weeks away, the team at Brisbane Airport is breaking out the surfboards and brushing up on their ‘hula’ moves.

Hawaiian Airlines’ new Brisbane services, operating three times per week, will add more than 40,000 seats between Australia and Hawaii each year, providing more choice and convenience for passengers and global connectivity for Queensland.

This exciting addition to BNE’s network not only provides travellers with direct access to Honolulu, but connectivity to dozens of other mainland American cities including Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York.

In anticipation of the launch on 28 November, Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal has been ‘Hawaiian-ised’ with elaborate sand sculptures, Hawaiian themed signage and airport staff wearing floral leis.

Travellers will also have a chance to win one of two family holidays to Hawaii including $10,000 spending money and eight nights’ accommodation, plus many more prizes up for grabs from a total prize pool valued up to $77,000, in an exciting retail competition.

Passengers travelling with Hawaiian Airlines to Honolulu throughout November will also receive an exclusive $20 ‘no strings attached’ voucher to spend on Duty Free at Brisbane Airport before departure on the day of travel.

The three giant sand sculptures depicting beautiful hibiscus and frangipani flowers, a surfer, and dolphins in waves take pride of place in the Departures zone to the delight of thousands of departing passengers.

Carefully constructed over six days, the sculptures are made of `brickies sand’, held together by hard compaction and water and each weighing between 2.4-3.5 tonnes.

The sand sculpture artists from Sandstorm Events used a wide variety of tools to create the masterpieces including trowels and common household objects usually found in kitchen drawers.

It took a small army to transport the sand required for the features into the sterile area, with every bucket load subjected to strict security screening.

The sculptures will be in place until 17 November 2012 and the winners of the family holidays to Hawaii announced in The Australian on 12 December 2012.