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Sheila Heathcote has lived in Hawaii since 1986. She's a published author on the topic of Kauai and the owner of Hale O Nanakai Bed & Breakfast.

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Saturday
Nov132010

A Birds Eye View of Kauai that makes Economic Sense

When I was growing up, my father, who was an avid adventurer, bought a Piper Cub and earned his instructor's license. In addition to many exciting family trips in our "puddle jumper" -- to the Bahamas and Nova Scotia, Ottawa and Quebec -- I also began logging flight hours as a private pilot. (Our second plane was a Cherokee 180 -- I loved the low wings!)

Dad would spend every Sunday at the Butler (Pa.) airport teaching for the Charlie Brown Flying School. When he wasn't instructing, he would pile the family in the plane and off we would go for the weekend or family vacation. What a great way to see the country! The time we went to the Bahamas, weather closed in near Great Abaco Island, and Dad had to do some low flying under the clouds to determine where we were!

It is no wonder that I recommend to my guests the lovely airplane tour offered by Bruce and Ellen Coulombe, who run Wings Over Kauai. In addition to a variety of flights, Bruce also gives lessons to aspiring pilots, including locals and visitors.

While helicopter tours are exciting, I have always preferred the feeling I get from riding in (and flying) a light plane. Views of the island are unrivaled, and you can see every part of Kauai that is visible from a helicopter.

Looking for something a little different than a standard Kauai flight tour? Bruce, a former executive at one of Kauai's seed companies, and Ellen, a naturalist and botanical expert, are the ideal folks to help you orient to the beauty of Kauai.

Wings Over Kauai tours invite you to experience a safe and comfortable airplane tour of one of the most beautiful Islands in the world. Choose from either one of our eco-freindly aircraft, the Cessna 172 or the GA-8 Airvan.

Their office is easy to find and located near the Lihue Airport's main terminal in the heart of Lihue. Bruce commences the tour over Ha'upu Mountain and the Kipu Kai region of the South Shore, zips up to and across Waimea Canyon, traverses the stunning Na Pali, then shoots through the center of the island -- so you can see places no one has ever stepped foot! The tour concludes over Kauai's stunning Wailua Falls then back to the airport.

For more information call Ellen at 808 635-0815. Enjoy!