Flight attendant's career lands in Guinness book

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HONOLULU — A flight attendant is landing in the Guinness World Records book after spending 63 years moving about the cabin.

Ron Akana, 83, worked his last route over the weekend on a United Airlines flight from Denver to Kauai, ending his career in the state where it began.

Akana joined the airline while a student at the University of Hawaii in 1949, when friends spotted a newspaper ad. “We didn’t even know what a flight steward was,” he recalled. “But it meant getting to the mainland, which was a huge deal in those days.

“It seemed pretty exciting and it proved to be more than that,” he said.

And so he became one of United’s first male flight attendants. “We just liked working with girls,” he said.

Guinness World Records came calling a few months ago and later sent him a plaque recognizing him as the longest-serving flight attendant. He’s been told he’ll appear in the record book in October.

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