This site guide is an overview of useful information for new local pilots and for visitors: click the title of each site for more details. Please note all sites on Oahu are rated P3 (Intermediate). Local P2 pilots may fly under our sponsorship program in the right conditions. Visitors, please contact a local club member for a site introduction before flying at our sites. Thanks for your understanding! Also please see our list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Oahu flying for visitors.
Kahana is a State Park located near the top of the windward coast of the island. It is a remote lush valley surrounded by tall ridges and fronted by a mile-wide beach and bay. One of the ridges over the bay faces the tradewinds, and offers consistent ridge soaring and thermal flights over one of the most beautiful undeveloped vistas on the island.
The Makapuu ridge is a world class ridge soaring site located on the eastern tip of the island, pioneered and made famous in the early days of hang gliding. The ridge stretches three miles down the coastline, from the lighthouse perched on steep sea cliffs that rise from the churning waves below, to the hang launch overlooking a 1200 foot sheer drop to the beach. This site is also the easiest starting point for the longest cross country flights on the island, on rare light wind days with high clouds.
The ridge at Lanikai is a small hill overlooking an isolated and exclusive beachfront community. The site is flown in moderate tradewinds, especially when the direction is too east for Makapuu or Kahana. This site is rarely flown these days but it can be a fun occasional change of scenery for windward flying. The flying is mostly ridge soaring with some thermals available on lighter days to get you higher. On the weekends the beach is super crowded and the landings can be challenging.