Your private flight from Maui to Oahu begins at Kapalua Airport, a small landing strip in West Maui just minutes from many resorts. As the plane lifts off from Maui’s shoreline, you might spot paddleboards catching a wave in the turquoise waters below, and it’s common to see whales from the seat of your plane from December through the middle of April. Cruise above Molokai’s jagged mountains and see the island of Lanai from the air, and, before your pilot prepares for a landing at Honolulu Airport, gaze out the window at Diamond Head Crater and famous Waikiki Beach.
After your scenic flight to Oahu, you’ll be met at the airport by your local guide who will drive you to Pearl Harbor’s Visitor Center, site of the infamous Japanese attack. With your informative guide right there by your side, hear the tales of the surprise attack that devastated a nation, and visit the Arizona Memorial where 1,777 sailors still lie in a watery grave.
Next, step aboard the USS Missouri that served during World War II, and if you peer over the railings to look at the ship’s hull, you can still see dents where kamikaze airplanes made one last final attack. You’ll also see the spot where the Japanese officially surrendered the war, and on a visit to the nearby Oklahoma Memorial, remember the 429 sailors who were lost in the fateful attack.
After some light snacks (such as granola bars or food you purchase on site), you’ll leave Pearl Harbor in an air-conditioned coach and set out for Honolulu, where the coach will stop at historical sites like Iolani Palace. You’ll also see the statue of King Kamehameha and historic Kawaihao Church, before continuing on to Punchbowl Cemetery, or the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
Finally, after a full day of sobering and fascinating history, you’ll board your flight from Oahu to Maui for the 30-minute trip home.