Japan Airlines and AA share a lounge located in the main terminal at Honolulu International Airport. In the past AA shared with Qantas, but the Qantas lounge is a lot further away from AA gates.
The lounge is located above The Local, a bar and restaurant. There is a lift and stairs to the lounge. The staff warmly greeted me on arrival, explaining that I might want to eat downstairs as there was only a snack on my flight. The lounge is open and airy.
There are lots of seats, located in a series of different areas. There are few electrical sockets, but in the main part of the lounge the best place for a socket is in the seats shown on the right of the picture above.
In the TV area there are snacks – danish pastries, fruit and soup with bread and crackers.
I visited in the evening on one occasion and at lunchtime on another. The lounge always had a good choice of seats available, but was much busier on the lunchtime visit.
The view from the lounge is of the gardens at the airport, a feature I really like about HNL.
The American gates are about a 10 minute walk, and nicely you get to go out in the fresh air for part of that walk. Spending hours in air conditioned planes and airports, this was a chance to get some fresh air.
The gate areas are unimaginative at HNL, to say the least.