I just got back from a two-day trip home to Hawaii. I took Hawaiian from HNL-MKK, and noticed the same seats are used on the 717s as those in the pics posted above. They are your average coach seats ... slimline, no headrests, not too padded. The seat pitch was horrendous (especially after sitting in First on AA's Internationally configured 763 from ORD-HNL). The "purple-ness" was a bit overwhelming throughout the cabin. Mind you, this is only a 15 minute flight ... I can't imagine a long haul flight!
I was a bit surprised. The cabin crew wasn't all that friendly, but what really surprised me, was that Hawaiian apparently is now using an "automated flight attendant." 98% of all cabin announcements are pre-recorded/playback messages. At first I thought it was sort of neat, then quickly realized how blan they seemed ... no real "aloha spirit" in pre-recorded announcements. Also, after a few mix-ups in the announcements, it got a bit irritating. All-In-All, I didn't like it. The only time we heard the actual flight attendant was upon arrival in MKK, and even then she didn't sound all that enthused. I have to admit however, the majority of their (Hawaiian's) gate agents sounded really professional and pleasant when making their boarding announcements in HNL.
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