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“Surpasses any expectation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hang Gliding Maui

Hang Gliding Maui
Ranked #1 of 8 Tours in Hana
Certificate of Excellence
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Surpasses any expectation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2009

I made arrangements by e-mail with Armin (the pilot for this Hang Gliding Maui adventure) and from the first note was impressed with not only his swift response time but his overwhelming generosity. Armin suggested my husband and I fly with him as part of his morning commute to get us to Hana where we would then rent a car for a day and meet him again in the evening for our sunset hang gliding excursion followed by another flight back with him in his Cessna 172. I must tell you that of all the places my husband and I have traveled, Armin has been one of the most memorable characters yet! Upon our meeting him at the local Starbucks near the Kahului airport, his energy was contagious. Flip flops, shorts, laid back guy with an obvious passion for not only his work but his family. After a coffee we were on our way to the Hangar to pack into his private plane (tiny it was, but a breathtaking 'commute' none the less). Armin had provided me with the name of a rental company in Hana so I had a car waiting for us upon our arrival (another great find...family owned business, their number: 808 248 7368). He went off for his job and my husband and I went off into the nearby Hana community visiting fruit stands, touring lava caves and canvassing the grounds for black and red sand beaches. By mid afternoon we headed back to the airport and waited for Armin while he finished up some other clients. It was a serene environment. No ocean in sight, but you knew it was just over the ledge of the runway and you could hear the crashing waves below. Birds flew ahead as the afternoon continued. There was no one at this airport. It reminded us of Fiji...deserted, but rich with stories! Armin greeted us and upon agreeing to do the DVD and the photo roll (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) he started recording, creating a personalized intro for my husband's flight! Because one can become a hang gliding pilot with 15 hours of flight time, Armin approaches the flight educationaly if he senses your interest. My husband is a sucker for knowledge and with his own personal and professional career experience, he was ready to fly the hang glider! Armin had him geared up in no time and off they went into the sky for a 60 minute flight. I chilled in the Hangar, solo-but with Mother Nature. It was the most relaxing 60 minutes. When they puttered back in, my husband was glowing! He said it was one of the most incredible experiences he has ever had-after the first few minutes of nerves he was immediately calmed by Armin's expertise and educational dialogue, teaching my husband the ropes. While I could not do the excursion (pregnant), I would certainly in the future. Armin extended his concern even to me, ensuring I was calm and confident about the ride he was taking my husband on! Our 'commute' back to Kahului was just as spectacular as one could imagine. Armin pointed out all sorts of mansions along the way, pilots rainbows and plantations. His knowledge of the area comes with ease for him-he absorbs the stories and myths of the land and brings it to life with his clients. I am overjoyed by our memory from this special day in Hana (we did this on June 22, the day after Father's Day).
If you like adventure and are willing to tackle thousands of feet in the open air-trust that you will not be disappointed with Armin. He's an exceptional character and a businessman who is more interested in making sure you enjoy your experience than making sure he makes a wad of cash off of you. Believe me, the cash will flow-you will feel as generous as him once you land. It's worth every penny-and at $220 an hour, he's a steal of a deal.

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Albuquerque, NM
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10 reviews
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“Probably My Favorite Activity on Our Honeymoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2009

This was our first trip to Hawaii and we stayed about 5 days on each kauai & maui. We took a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tour over Kauai (highly recommend too!), and that was my wife's favorite. However, I'd say that our Hang Glide Maui flight with Armin was likely my favorite. I don't even like flying on commercial planes, but I felt complete safe on in the hangglider with Armin. He even let me steer for a while. It was great. It has to be at the top of anything I've done before. My wife and I each did 30 minutes which was probably enough, but I definitely could have gone for longer. I've even looked into what it takes to get into flying these hanggliders. Overall, highly recommend!

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Round Rock, Texas
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5 reviews
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“Absolutely Awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2009

While honeymooning in Hawaii, I convinced my slightly height-fearing husband to experience a hang-gliding lesson with Armin in Hana. I had done this a few years previously and had been raving about it ever since,. He agreed to give it a try. Needless to say, it was an exhilirating experience. We both felt completely safe with the very experienced Armin and were able to enjoy every second of the lesson. He was extremely knowledgeable and explained all the details beforehand. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

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5 reviews
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“Looking for some fun? You got it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2009

Not only is the experience awesome, but Armin is just a blast!
Being of European origins, but having lived on Maui for decades, he is a perfect mix between reliable, dependable and professional and comfortably laid back, with just the right sense of humor.
You feel so safe in his hands, that you can just kick back and totally enjoy the thrill and great views he provides with his hang glider!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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32 reviews
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“Add this to your "Bucket List!"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2009

I have done a lot of fun things in Hawaii, but hang gliding with Armin in Maui takes the top spot! If you have not seen the beautiful Hana coast from the air, then you have not truly seen Hana.

I have been on helicopter tours on the Big Island and Kauai, but the experience of power hang gliding was a much more exhilerating experience. You are not merely on a scenic flight. Armin takes you on an instructional flight. You actually get to fly the hang glider yourself...and you get a certificate verifying your one hour of ultra-light flight credit after your trip. (After 15 hours of credit, you are certified to flu on your own.)

Anyone who goes to Hana needs to do 2 things:

1. Spend the night in Hana.
2. Go hang gliding with Armin.

If you have ever wanted to "fly like a bird," here is your chance. It is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. And I can hardly wait to go back to Maui again next year and go again!

A big "Mahalo!" to Armin for making this our best trip to Maui ever!

Enough talk...just take a look at my photos and video!

Do this! You will love it!

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