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Island Helicopter Offers Exclusive Experience
Island Helicopter Kauai, Inc., based on team Curt and Bonnie Lofstedt. Curt and mains one of the few air tour operators
the island of Kauai, is offering a brand Bonnie both manage the company along owned and operated by an island-based
new, exclusive Kauai experience. For the with their eighteen employees. Island He- family. Curt is the only owner/pilot oper-
first time, visitors can now land at Man- licopters provides helicopter tours and ator flying helicopters out of the Lihue
awaiopuna Falls, the waterfalls made fa- charter operations for both visitors and Airport. Island Helicopters operates two
mous in Steven Spielberg’s block buster commercial enterprises. The company re- A-Star AS350B2 helicopters.

movie, “Jurassic Park” during a full island
sightseeing helicopter tour. “Manawaiop-
una Falls is a spectacular setting, it is
Kauai’s gem. It’s amazing to feel the
power of nature, like Niagara Falls in the
wild,” says Curt Lofstedt, pilot and owner
of Island Helicopters.
This unique landing is deep in a pri-
vately owned valley, typically inaccessi-
ble to the public, near the base of the
nearly 400-foot waterfall. With its exclu-
sive approval to land from the landowner,
and State and County permits, Island He-
licopters offers this elite ninety-minute
tour called the “Manawaiopuna Falls
Landing Tour”. This experience includes
a complete circle island tour of Kauai’s
extraordinary scenery, plus the landing
near the Falls. Once at the Falls, passen-
gers take a short, guided walk to the Falls
for spectacular photos and an explanation
of the flora, fauna, historical and geologi-
cal attributes of the area.
Island Helicopters is the only tour op-
erator on Kauai and in the State of Hawaii
authorized to provide this experience.
Island Helicopters Kauai, Inc. was
founded in 1980 by husband and wife
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