I had left our sixth and final day in Maui totally open, so I was thrilled when J suggested we use the day to take a helicopter tour of the islands. I’d seen Jen’s photos at Pearls and Lace, so I knew the views would be spectacular.
We received a brief safely lesson before being lead out to the helipad. I could barely contain my excitement when I found out that I had the front middle seat with a practically unobstructed panoramic view! After donning earmuffs, we were cleared for take-off.
The weather was a little hazy, but we could see well enough to appreciate the island’s beauty. The pilot gave us a crash course in Hawaiian history/mythology as we cruised through the air. For example, he told us about a cliff-diving king who would jump off the tallest rock in the photo above to prove his immortality to his troops. It worked every time- they never lost a battle after one of his crazy leaps!
Above is Turtle Island (it looks like a turtle from far away, but I cut the head out of this photo). The U.S. Government used it for target practice back in WW2, so now it’s a bird sanctuary (as in, humans beware: this rock is radioactive).
So much of Hawaii isn’t accessible by car, you really have to go up in a helicopter to appreciate it (unless you’re a really serious hiker). After basking in the island’s beauty for a week, I couldn’t believe she was hiding more radiance just beyond the next ridge, channel, or valley. If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, I can’t recommend this enough.