Sayle Hirashima

Sayle Hirashima

Sayle Hirashima

Vice President & Controller

Sayle Hirashima was appointed vice president - controller for Hawaiian Airlines in August 2015. He is responsible for Hawaiian Airlines’ accounting functions and financial records. He leads policy review and development, oversees technology system management, and ensures compliance, timeliness and accuracy of internal and external reporting, including audits, tax liabilities and filings.

Prior to joining Hawaiian Airlines, Hirashima served as chief financial officer and vice president at Koko‘oha Investments Inc./MidPac Petroleum, LLC, where he directed all accounting, financial and administrative matters. During his tenure, Hirashima was part of a management team in charge of the company’s successful merger with Par Petroleum. Previously, as director of accounting at Hawai‘i Stevedores Inc., Hirashima led a financial restructure, improved operational efficiencies, and helped execute the company’s sale to Horizon Lines Inc. His other positions include vice president and manager of external reporting at BancWest Corp./First Hawaiian Bank, senior associate for assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and administrative supervisor at Xpress Trucking & Distribution. He has served on ARC’s Board of Directors since 2017.

Hirashima holds a bachelor’s in business administration in accounting and finance from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


Hawaiian Airlines was incorporated on January 30, 1929, under the name Inter-Island Airways Ltd. That year, thousands gathered in Honolulu to witness the departure of Hawaii's first scheduled inter-island flights to Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. The fleet was comprised of two eight-passenger Sikorsky S-38 amphibian planes; six years later, larger 16-passenger Sikorsky S-43s were added to accommodate increased traffic and newly authorized inter-island airmail service.

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