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Cultural Helicopter Tours


Tales of Hawai'i from Above

Embark on a private helicopter tour with “Uncle” Danny Akaka, Mauna Lani’s cultural ambassador and local expert in all things Hawai'i. Visit the Big Island's most iconic landmarks, sacred sites, and waterfalls including ʻĀpua Point, which is only accessible via helicopter. From local lore to oceanfront picnics, this one-of-a-kind experience takes storytelling to new heights.

  • Private experience | 3.5 hours
  • 5-6 guests maximum
  • Lunch, light bites and beverages included
  • Dress comfortably. Dark colored clothing is recommended to minimize glare from aircraft windows. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are recommended.
  • Advanced reservations required

The Valleys of Hawai’i

As you rise into the air, our legendary coastline shrinks to a miles-long stretch of pitch black lava rocks that intersect with turquoise tides. Fly above the iconic valleys of the Hāmākua Coast, an ancient and storied land nestled on the northeastern tip of Hawai’i Island.

Awini Landing

The first stop in your huaka’i is Awini, a private landing that overlooks Waipi’o Valley. As you learn the stories of this sacred place, absorb the dramatic beauty of a historic landmark that King Kamehameha the Great once called home.

ʻĀpua Point

ʻĀpua Point is a wahi pana (sacred place) that lies at the base of an 800-foot waterfall. After Uncle Danny serenades you with his favorite songs on the ‘ukulele, share an oceanfront picnic with charcuterie, mini malasadas, Kona coffee cake and more.

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