Above It All
It would be a mistake to rely on simple synonyms or mere metaphors to describe a flying tour of Hawai‘i Island. One could say it’s like a mythical ride on a magic carpet, or a scene from a James Bond thriller, with a chopper skirting a live volcano while lava oozes down the mountain slopes.
But really, it’s one of those awe-inspiring things you simply have to see for yourself.
The aerial view of the Hamakua Coast from Hilo to Waipi‘o Valley is truly magical. Expect to see roaring waterfalls, vertical forests and tiny villages during a Hamakua flight. And when you reach Waipi‘o Valley, expect to see the island’s version of Eden.
Kilauea Volcano is by far the most popular destination— the sight of a lava flow is spectacular. One company, Big Island Air, conducts night flights over the volcano. Paradise Helicopters also offers doors-off flights over Kilauea.
Whether you buy a ticket on a helicopter or a fixed-wing airplane, the view from above will give you a new appreciation for the island’s natural wonders. • Big Island Air (808) 329-4868 • Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Hilo (808) 961-5600 or
Waikoloa (808) 886-1768 • Paradise Helicopters (808) 969-7392 • Safari Helicopters (808) 969-1259