Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fly Makani Kai...... Sept. 12, 2011

After four days of meeting new friends, laughing, partying, sweating on the beach at SOTB, touring our favorite Hawaii Five-0 filming locales, and doing some shopping, there was only one thing left to do....See Hawaii from the air!  Prior to going to Hawaii, Stacey and Madaline booked their tour online with Makani Kai Helicopters. Joining them was another twitter friend @TereseaLea. We were all looking forward to our 45 min tour of O'ahu.

The van arrived to pick us up at our hotel. Away we went towards Honolulu International Airport. En route to the airport, we watched our flight safety video and chatted with our driver, Rob. Upon arrival, we strapped on our life preservers and Rob guided us to the chopper. It wasn't 77H that's been used by Hawaii Five-0, but it was great just the same. After a few instructions from our pilot, Eiki Miyasato, we took off for 45 minutes of exploration.

 Our tour took us to places that we did not see on the ground yet. Honolulu Harbor, Magic Island, Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel were just the start. We continued over Waikiki Beach where we'd been all week. Down the coastline headed straight for Diamond Head crater. As we flew over it, we got to see the Army installation that was built inside. That was very cool!

Leaving Diamond Head behind us, we headed for the windward side of the island. Most of the locations we had driven by on our H50 tour were now being seen from the air. Here's a list of the beautiful places we flew over....and yes, there are plenty of pictures for you to enjoy. (see the link at the bottom of the page)

Sandy Beach
Makakpu'u Point
Sea Life Park
Sea Life Park
Mount Olomana
Nuuanu Pali (Pali Lookout)
Kaneohe Bay
Chinaman's Hat (Mokoli'i Island)
Ka'a'awa Valley (a.k.a. Jurassic Park Valley)
Sacred Falls
Polynesian Cultural Center
Mormon Temple
Sunset Beach
Waimea Bay
Dole Pineapple Plantation
Kukaniloko (a.k.a The Birthing Stones )
Pearl Harbor (which included The U.S.S Missouri & The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial)

Here's a link to our photo's from the flight. I hope you enjoy looking at them. We had a wonderful time.  If you ever get the chance to come to Hawaii, please call our friends at Makani Kai Helicopters to book a tour. You will not be disappointed.

Makani Kai Helicopter Tour

Mahalo to Rob Chiong, Eiki Miyasato, and Richard Schuman for making our afternoon flight such a wonderful experience.

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