West Maui, Molokai, Pailolo, and Kaluapapa by Helicopter
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA
- West Maui Valleys: Steep, severe, jagged, and laced with waterfalls; much of Hawaii's most incredible scenery is inaccessible by anything except helicopter.
- Pailolo Channel: Connecting Maui with Molokai, this channel is so rough its name translates to "crazy fisherman" in Hawaiian. Don’t worry, you'll fly over it.
- Molokai Sea Cliffs: Towering 3600 to 3900 feet over the waves, with no roads to get there, you may have seen the world's tallest sea cliffs featured in Jurassic Park III.
- Kaluapapa Peninsula: Cut off from Molokai by 1600' cliffs, the peninsula is as flat as a leaf and is a restricted area, once home to a leper colony. Invitation only.
- Eco-Star or A-Star Helicopter: Pick your ride! The Eco-Star was created just for aerial tours and provides individual seating for up to 6 people with a smoother quieter, ride. The A-Star provides an open cabin with 180 degree views but a little less space than its brother- both provide excellent views of Hawaii unseen by most.
About this Lahaina, Hawaii tour
In the 1860s, many native Hawaiians contracted diseases from sailors and traders; influenza, syphilis, and most notably, leprosy. Thought to be highly contagious, the Hawaiian Legislature and King Kamehameha V approved the "Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy" quarantining lepers to Kalawao on Molokai's Kaluapapa Peninsula.
In 1866, the first boatload of lepers arrived to find very little support; occasional food, few medicines, and total isolation. Lawlessness took over. In 1873, a Catholic priest known as Father Damien visited and was so struck by all the suffering, he stayed on, dedicating himself to helping.
There for many years before contracting leprosy himself, Father Damien built a church, a reservoir, an orphanage, and new homes. He made coffins, dug graves, dressed ulcers, got clean water, and provided warmer clothes for the residents of this unfortunate settlement. He turned despair into hope for the poor souls sent to live on the isolated Peninsula.
When Father Damien passed in 1889, there was a global outpouring of love, respect, and reverence for his selfless sacrifice. In 1936, at the request of his homeland, his body was returned to be buried in Louvain, Belgium. In 1995, a relic of his hand was returned to his original grave at Kalawao and in 2009, he was canonized a Saint in the Catholic Church.
The price of progress
Oahu draws 3.2 million tourists a year. But Molokai – only 17,500. And that's how they like it. Sure, a gallon of milk is $9, but that's a small price to keep it the heaven it is. They've fought off all the development they can. There's one hotel. Few restaurants. No nightlife. No stop lights. No luxury. No buildings taller than their tallest palm. It is unspoiled Hawaii, and rightly rated one of the best islands in the world by National Geographic Magazine.
Please make your way to the helicopter base at 1 Lelepio Place, Kahului, HI 96732 to meet our representatives.
Transport to the Heliport is not included. A cab ride will be approximately $80.00 each way. Please check in 45 minutes prior to your departure time
As a courtesy to all travelers, we do not allow iPads or other tablet PCs for use as photographic devices, as they can impede the view of other passengers. Smartphones may be used as a camera, but will need to be put it in airplane mode during the flight. GoPro®s are welcomed on board as hand-held devices, but extending accessories/attachment handles are not permitted.
Lahaina Tender: If arriving from Lahaina port, please book your tender reservations with the ship 24 hours prior to tour time to ensure that you are at the pier side in time for your tour pick up. Inform the ship staff that you require a tender reservation (a tender reservation is a reservation with another vessel that will transport you from the ship to pier side).
To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces. There may be a limited number of steps and some standing for extended periods of time. Tour is fully wheelchair accessible.
Air Tour, Adventure, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly
A-Star & Eco-Star helicopters with BOSE noise cancelling headsets and 2-way communication with pilot. All frontward facing seats with no center partitions. Mini-coach used for roundtrip transfers from port.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children under age 2 years are allowed to sit on an adult's lap at no additional charge. However, children that have reached their second birthday are required to have a seat of their own per FAA requirements.
All names & weights are required 24 hrs prior to flight time. Anyone over 260 lbs. is required to purchase a comfort seat (additional adjacent seat) at additional surcharge payable to operator. Let us know if you will need an extra seat to ensure space.
Special Medical Restriction
Oxygen Tanks and O2 recyclers/generators of any kind are not permitted on board. Travelers are welcome to leave their O2 providers behind in a secure office location during their flight.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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