Comments on: Book recalls Pan Am’s nisei stewardesses The magazine of the University of Hawai'i System Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:11:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: Bert Thomas Fri, 29 Apr 2011 14:54:14 +0000 I began my career (Mgt Trainee) in 1953 in Honolulu with Pan American World Airways (PAA), and remember when PAA began to hire “local Japanese girls” to fly with them on their Asian routes. It was their way of “brideging the void” (translation/paper forms needed on arrival, language/cultural issues, food, and other personal needs etc)that existed when passengers were flying from Hawaii to Tokyo and other Asian destinations. Also, Bill Mullahey, and Ernest Albrecht (Top PAA EXECS in Honolulu) were also heavily involved with the creation and early successes/challenges of PATA (Pacific Area Travel Association), and PAA was a leader in Aviation in Asia/Pacific.

I spent less than dozen years with PAA, and they changed their name to Pan Am with the arrival of their new Boeing 707 Jets in Asia/Pacific.

Aloha and Domo.


By: Cheryl Ernst Thu, 28 Apr 2011 23:53:10 +0000 It was, indeed, a car crash that claimed James Dean’s life. Mālamalama regrets the error and has corrected the article.

Cheryl Ernst,

By: B Thu, 28 Apr 2011 22:35:19 +0000 James Dean did not die in a plan crash, it was a car crash. Accident was due to him spreeding, driving a Porsche on a remore road in California.