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Sunshine Helicopters - Kohala / Hamakua Helicopter Tour

Experience the stunning beauty of the Kohala Mountains with panoramic views of the South Kohala resort coastline. Climb past Waimea over the sweeping pasture lands of the Kahua and Ponoholo ranches en route to the lush tropical rainforest of Hamakua. Soar above the tall sea cliffs and hidden valleys of Waipio, Pololu and Waimanu, home to dozens of roaring waterfalls. This area of the Big Island is rich in history and holds some of the most spectacular vistas in all of Hawaii.

The helicopter tour includes a ground safety briefing, complimentary coffee, pilot's personal narration and choreographed music recorded on live digital video. You may purchase the pilot-narrated video of your actual flight on DVD.

Tour Highlights:

  • Kohala Mountains
  • Tropical rainforest of Hamakua district
  • Sea cliffs and lush valleys of Waipio, Pololu and Waimanu
  • Dozens of roaring waterfalls

Open Seating: Maximum of 6 seats per flight. Seat assignment is determined by weight and balance.

First Class Seating: Maximum of 2 seats per flight. Passengers enjoy First Class seating next to pilot, with extra arm and leg room. Maximum combined weight limit for two passengers is 490 lbs (222 kg).

Where and When:
Tour times:
2:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm.
Check in 45 minutes prior to your selected tour time at Hapuna Heliport View Map
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First class guarantee of front seat is limited to 290 lbs (131 kg) or a combined weight of 490 lbs (222 kg) for 2 passengers. Open seating over 290 lbs (131 kg) may require the purchase of a comfort seat.
All passengers are weighed at check-in. If given weight is substantially lower than actual weight, you may get bumped from the flight, but still have to pay for the seat.

If requesting first class seating for a minor, one of the passengers in first class must be over 16 and traveling with the minor.
A valid government issued photo I.D. is required.
Flight patterns and specific sights are subject to weather conditions.
Special Notes:
Children 23 months or younger may fly at no charge and must sit on adult's lap. Please provide child's weight at time of booking.
ADA Accessibility: The WhisperStar helicopter has a wheelchair lift.
Operation Days:
Monday - Saturday
40 minutes
Sunshine Helicopters
The EC 130 B4 WhisperSTAR is the ultimate in sightseeing helicopters. More interior room, more visibility with added plexiglass and elevated rear seats. Sunshine Helicopters customizes the standard factory interior with business and first class seating to further enhance passenger comfort and visibility. Soar in the state-of-the-art WhisperSTAR and experience the quiet, ultra smooth and most advanced technological sightseeing helicopter ever.
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