Yes, the channel approach can be a little intimidating to those who aren't expecting it. But in my time at Hawaiian, I've never seen a heavy do the channel approach into HNL. People who've been there longer than I have said that when we first got the L1011 (mid 80's) they did it, but after the Admiral at Pearl Harbor saw one of those giants doing a turn 300 feet over his house, he made sure wide bodies weren't allowed to do it again. Now it is just the 717, 737 and smaller aircraft that do the channel approach.
If there is no traffic around, ATC may 'expedite' your approach into HNL if you are a heavy, but you'll still turn final 3 or more miles out.
One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.