Makani Kai Helicopters at the Honolulu Airport

Honolulu Airport departures with free Waikiki pickup

Makani Kai Helicopters at the Honolulu Airport

NEW! Doors Off Magnum P.I. Helicopter Tour

Makani Kai Helicopters at the Honolulu Airport

A thrilling doors off adventure where you can experience the elements!

Makani Kai Helicopters Waikiki and Diamond Head view

All tours see Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head from the air

Makani Kai Helicopters Hanauma Bay view

Beautiful Hanauma Bay is also seen on all tours

Makani Kai Helicopters Makapu'u lighthouse

The Makapu'u lighthouse and Sea Life Park in the background

Makani Kai Helicopters Ko'olau Mountain

The majestic spires of the Ko'olau Mountain Range

Makani Kai Helicopters Kaneohe Bay view

Colorful Kaneohe Bay is seen on the 45 & 60 minute tours

Makani Kai Helicopters Chinaman's Hat

Chinaman's Hat is an unmistakable landmark

Makani Kai Helicopters valley view filmed Jurassic Park

This valley is featured in many films including Jurassic Park

Makani Kai Helicopters Sacred Falls

Approaching Sacred Falls on the 45 & 60 minute tours

Makani Kai Helicopters Sacred Falls

Sacred Falls can now only be seen from the air

Makani Kai Helicopters Pearl Harbor view

An aerial view of Pearl Harbor is offered on all tours

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Oahu Helicopter tours offers a unique way to experience the island.  Combining stunning ocean vistas, lush emerald green valleys and waterfalls, as well as vistas of the historic city of Honolulu and dramatic views of Pearl Harbor. Makani Kai Helicopters invites you to see the “hidden faces of paradise” in a way that you will never forget.

Makani Kai flies their tours in a 6-passenger Eurocopter A-star – the industry standard for touring helicopters. They feature Bose noise-cancelling headsets, two-way communication with the pilot, air conditioning, 180 degree visibity. A video of your actual flight is available for purchase.

“First Class” Seating is available for an additional charge. This guarantees the front seats (2 per flight) on the helicopter. Only 2 first class seats are available per flight and in order to request up front seating you must purchase both seats as they must be sold together. Front seats have a combined weight limit of 345 pounds; if guests request up front seating and they are too heavy to ensure safe weight and balance of the aircraft, they will be booked for open seating instead. If you have more than two people in your party and you request first class seating for everyone in your party, you will not be flying in the same helicopter.

Doors Off Magnum P.I. Helicopter – 50 minutes

Experience the element with the incredible Doors Off helicopter adventure!  You will ride In the iconic MD-500 helicopter from Magnum PI television series.  Everyone will have a spectacular view, and it is the perfect platform for photography.  You will see all the most scenic places on Oahu in this 50 minute tour.

This tour is a thrill ride combined with a scenic tour, but the Doors Off adventure is not for everyone.  Your hair may get wind blow, and you may get wet from the rain.  If you are uncomfortable without have a door between you or if you are faint of heart,  please choose another helicopter tour from the options below.

What to Bring & Wear:  Bring a sweater or windbreaker.  Wear shoes & eye protection.  If you have long hair, bring a tie.  Cameras and phones must have a wrist strap

Restrictions:  GoPro sticks can be no longer than six inches

Pali Makani Tour – 30 minutes

This tour begins with a beautiful view of placid Keehi Lagoon and continues over historic Honolulu Harbor. Here you will see Aloha Tower, once the tallest structure on the island, as well cruise ships from distant ports. Next is downtown Honolulu, featuring the only royal palace in the United States. Above the city stands Punchbowl, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The tour continues above Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and Waikiki Beach. Beyond, you’ll see Diamond Head crater from a dramatic perspective, then the “Gold Coast” where multi-millionaires make their homes, and on to spectacular Hanauma Bay.

Rounding the east end of the island, you’ll see the rugged coastline,  Sandy Beach and Makapuu Point and Lighthouse. Your aerial tour continues over Sea Life Park, then the oceanfront estate where TV’s Magnum P.I. was filmed and then miles of the white sand beach of Waimanalo.

You’ll be treated to a stunning view of Mount Olomana and, later, the Nuuanu Pali where King Kamehameha’s warriors won a decisive battle to unite the islands. Your tour winds up with a great view of Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri.

Hidden Oahu Tour – 45 minutes

This spectacular tour shows you all the “must see” attractions and scenic vistas of Oahu, from serene Keehi Lagoon and historic Honolulu Harbor, to Aloha Tower, Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island and world famous Waikiki Beach.

On the eastern end of the island is Hanauma Bay, the remnants of a volcanic crater that is now a marine sanctuary and popular snorkel spot. Up next comes the Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, Makapuu Point and Lighthouse and colorful Sea Life Park.

After cruising above the powdery white sands of Waimanalo Beach, the tour continues over the gorgeous coral formations of Kaneohe Bay, the distinctive island of Chinaman’s Hat, and then up into “Jurassic Park” valley, where a dozen major motion pictures have been filmed. The highlight of the tour is Sacred Falls, a shear and splendid 1,000-foot cascade.

On your way over Oahu’s Central Plain, you’ll see the world’s largest agricultural maze at the Dole Pineapple Plantation and the “birthing stones” of Hawaiian royalty. Your tour concludes with a panoramic vista of Pearl Harbor.

Ali’i Tour – 60 minutes

This tour is our finest offering and is our most popular tour. This grand adventure includes everything in our other tours but continues on past Sacred Falls, over the Polynesian Cultural Center, one of Hawaii’s most popular visitor attractions, and the Mormon Temple in Laie. You’ll also see Turtle Bay, the aquaculture farms and Kahuku Point. Don’t be surprised if you see humpback whales offshore here during the winter months.

The tour continues along the famous North Shore, with a dramatic view of world-renowned surfing spots including Sunset Beach, Pipeline and Waimea Bay. On your way over Oahu’s central plain, you’ll see the Dole Pineapple maze and the “birthing stones” of Hawaiian royalty. Your tour concludes with a panoramic vista of Pearl Harbor.

General Information
Schedule: Daily starting at 8am to 4pm

Tour includes: Complimentary pick up and delivery to and from Waikiki.

Aircraft: Eurocopter A-star (6 passengers)

Restrictions: Please read the notes regarding passenger weights found in the activity tips section below if anyone in your party weighs over 250 pounds, or if the combined weight of any two passengers exceeds 430 pounds.

What to Bring & Wear: Wear dark shirts when you fly in a helicopter to cut down on glare on the windows.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

Note: A DVD of your actual flight narrated by your pilot is available for $40.

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Helicopters are the best way to see the island
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Aerial View of Kaneohe Bay

COahu Helicopter Toursruise Ship Passengers

Makani Kai Helicopters provides complimentary transportation from the cruise ship dock. We also recommend that you consider a helicopter tour of Kauai if your cruise ship includes Kauai in its ports of call. See the following link for more information on Kauai Helicopter Tours.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

It never ceases to amaze us that people spend thousands of dollars to come to Hawaii, but think it is too expensive to spend another $200 to REALLY see the islands from a helicopter. There is so much beauty that you cannot see any other way. Do yourself a favor and SPLURGE! You will thank us.

Best time of day to fly? Mid-morning provides the best lighting and least cloud cover. These times are the most popular and sell out in advance; you have an advantage over most people if you are reading these words before you come to Hawaii. Get your reservation made now so that you can get the best flight time available.

Wear dark shirts when you fly in a helicopter. It cuts down the glare from the the windows and improves the quality of pictures that you take. GET A POLARIZING FILTER … it will help remove those little ghostly glares on the windows so your camera can focus on the waterfall. A polarizing filter will improve all the pictures that you take in Hawaii – especially those with ocean and sky…as you’ll see a lot more blues.
A word about body weights … almost all helicopter companies in Hawaii charge extra for passengers who weigh over 250 pounds, and Makani Kai is no exception. They charge 50% of the cost of a second seat for passengers who weigh over 250 pounds, and they charge 100% of the cost of a second seat for passengers who weigh over 300 pounds.In addition, if any two passengers have a combined weight over 430 pounds they must pay 50% of the cost of a third seat. PLEASE be VERY ACCURATE when you state your body weight … this information is required by the FAA for the weight and for the safe balance of the aircraft. Understating one’s body weight can cause real problems at flight time, and in extreme cases can cause someone to be bumped from the flight without a refund.

The exact seating in the aircraft is determined at the flight time based upon safely balancing the aircraft. While it is a bonus to sit up front, visibility in A-star helicopters is excellent and you’ll have a great flight no matter where you sit in the aircraft. For those who REALLY want to sit up front and don’t mind paying extra to guarantee it, FIRST CLASS seating is now offered by Makani Kai. Because of the weight and balance issues with the aircraft, not everyone can be accommodated in first class seating. When making a reservation using the form on the right side of this page, include a note in the form field where the passenger weights are listed that says “first class seating please.” If you are a party of three or four, indicate which two people would like the first class seats. If you are a party of five or six, you shouldn’t request first class seating since some people in your party will sit up front anyway … without having to pay the extra charge. If you are a party of more than two and request first class seating for everyone, you will be split up between multiple flights. In our opinion the upgraded seating isn’t worth it. It’s a lot more fun to fly together!