Hana, Haleakala, and Maui's Rugged Shoreline by Helicopter
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USA
- Mount Haleakala: Explore the giant moonscape valley atop the world's largest dormant volcano, declared the "House of the Sun" by the demigod Maui.
- Road to Hana: Follow Maui's rugged eastern shoreline, spotting hundreds of waterfalls, the nation's largest rainforest, and the harrowing Hana Highway.
- Seven Sacred Pools: Fed by the Pipiwaj and Palikea, there are actually dozens of pools cascading one into another, through the rainforest, to the ocean's edge.
- Keanae Peninsula: Float beside a towering waterfall on a gnarled outcropping created by one of Mount Haleakala's immense lava flows.
- 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
Legends claim that when the Gods of Creation, Kane and Kanaloa lived on Maui, it was completely dry, until the day Kane visited Keanae, when he thrust his wooden staff into the solid rock, causing water to gush out. Since then, Keanae has had no water shortages.
Another Keanae legend tells the tale of an ambitious chief who wanted the peninsula to become farmland. So he had his villagers tote baskets of soil down from the higher ground, transforming it into the fertile taro-root farmland it is today.
Today, Keanae Peninsula is a ragged reminder of nature's extremes, its coastline so gnarled, only determined Hala trees can hang on. Birthed by one of Mount Haleakala's massive lava flows, Keanae Peninsula got thrashed in the 35-foot tsunami of 1946. The only structure that survived was the then 90-year-old Old Stone Church, called "Ili'ihio lehowa o na Kaua."
Launched by a monster 8.6 earthquake in the Aleutian Islands, the devastating tsunami was 100-feet tall at its epicenter, and brought only one good thing to Hawaii: the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Now based on Oahu's Ewa Beach, it is still used, helping to keep Hawaii safe with advance warnings.
The love-snatching wind of Kipahulu
An old Hawaiian song and legend tell of a Kipahulu woman who left her family for an Oahu man. Heartbroken, her husband consults a kahuna well versed in the sorcery of love. The kahuna had the grieving man speak and blow into a shell, wrap it, and throw it to the sea. The woman found it fishing, unwrapped it, had her homesickness awakened, and returned to her family.
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 passengers, 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 wheelchair accessible.
Air Tour, Adventure, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly
A-Star and 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. Guests 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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