Don’t Blame the Tour Companies For These Flights

Not every chopper in the skies over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park carries sightseers.  The Park itself uses helicopters for various purposes. Aside from flights to track the lava’s latest movement, rescue hikers in distress and deter the occasional pakalolo grower, most Park Service helicopter flights are to transport heavy cargo to remote locations where ground transport can’t reach or could damage the fragile environment.  The Park recently announced the following upcoming flights:

 ?April 8, 10, 20, and 24, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m, “to transport fencing material from near the top of Mauna Loa Road to approximately the 9,000 ft. elevation. “
April 14 and 23, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., for ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku between 3,000 and 7,000 ft. elevation.” “Ungulates” are hooved animals such as pigs, goats and mouflon sheep, which are all non-native invasive species that can heavily damage native plants, which involved without the defensive mechanisms against such animals.
April 27, and May 7, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m: ” flying camp supplies and equipment from ‘?inahou to ‘?pua Point, Keauhou, and Halap? campsites for guinea grass control and monitoring during the hawksbill turtle nesting season.” Apua Point,  Keauhou and Halape are remote coastal locations in the park. Keahou, in this case, refers to a remote point of land on the park’s Ka’u Coas, no the better-known  resort community on the Kona side.
“The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors.  Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather,” noted Park spokesperson Jessica Ferracane, announcing the flights.

–Alan McNarie

1 reply
  1. Sara Steiner
    Sara Steiner says:

    It’s all bull, killing all the sheep and goats and fencing and poisons don’t help because they blow the endangered birdies and their nests to smithereens with their helicopters.

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