Pearl Harbor veteran honored with inflight hula, song
HONOLULU - A group of Hawaii musicians and a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant provided special inflight entertainment to a Pearl Harbor survivor flying home from a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack.
Flight attendant Lehua Beltrame-Tevaga wanted to do something nice for 97-year-old Ray Richmond, who was one of the passengers on Thursday's flight from Honolulu to San Diego. Also on board was well-known Hawaii group Makaha Sons.
Beltrame-Tevaga says she asked the group to sing "Papalina Lahilahi" for Richmond while she danced hula near his seat.
Makaha Sons leader Jerome Koko says it was nice to honor a veteran that way. He says it brought some passengers to tears and many passengers thanked Richmond for his service.
Richmond was serving on the USS Oklahoma during the 1941 Japan attack.