If you want a short review my parents love the big island of Hawaii and having visited around 10 times over 35 years they initially weren't sure what this flight would add. Having done it, they would rate it as the best experience they have had in Hawaii and maybe anywhere. If you are travelling with family who are extremely widely travelled with very high standards then arrange for them to do this trip - it is a complete view of the island with incredible lava views over the volcanoes but a chance to get a new perspective on the outstanding beauty of the whole island especially the wonderful valleys of green side and for the frequent visitor a new window to review your experience. Not in anyway similar to buzzing the volcano in a helicopter.
Summer 2012, 7 of us had the family trip of a lifetime to Hawaii in honour of my mother's 80th birthday. My parents love the islands and as great travellers have been fortunate to visit many times so were not sure a plane trip was for them. I arranged to fly with my brothers family including his teenaged kids to introduce them to Hawaii's big island on our first day - see my review last August 2013.
When my parents saw our photos they were very keen to go and we booked although we were not certain my Mum who has bad knees would be able to get in the plane. We found a step
- practiced for a couple if days and I took my parents to the air field. Iolani air and Rhonda could not have done more to make my parents feel special. They loved the experience and really enjoyed sharing their experiences of Hawaii and hearing Rhonda's expert information. she made them feel welcome and unique.
Extras that iolani air provided: They got permission for me to come onto the airfield area at take off and landing in case my mother wanted help from me to get in the plane- I didn't ask for this, they contacted the traffic control tower and did it for us. They had brought a new sesna for its first flight with the company - a real treat and easier to get in and out of than the plane the rest of our family went in earlier in the week. Because it was a 2 passenger airplane my parents had a private trip which made their time with Rhonda on the plane entirely personal and tailored to their interests ( we had not paid the private trip rate ). When my parents returned I was waiting for them on the Tarmac and iolani air gave my mother a lei for her birthday and treated her like the most special lady in the world ( which of course she is for our family) .
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