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User currently offlineBkircher From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 210 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

Hey all

Its a pretty straight foward topic. Me and my family are going there in about a week and a half, and I'm wondering where some good spotting places are. If you could help me out that would be great!!

Thanks!

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User currently offlineBen175 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3322 times:

I'm heading to HNL on the 8th from Japan, and i've been there quite a few times too.

If you mean by the airport itself, the terminal isn't fully enclosed so when you're walking to the lounge or shops etc, you walk past the gate areas. It's a very good place to see aircraft up close.

If you're not into aircraft photography, you can sit on Waikiki beach and watch aircraft take off. You'll need binoculars to see them close, but they are close enough for you to see which carrier it is.

Hope I helped!


User currently onlineB6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 816 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3315 times:

if your just driving around...the BEST place is at the end of Lagoon Dr. (same road where FedEx and UPS are located).

other than that, here's another plan...

go to Ala Moana center. get some good ole plate lunch (and a rice cake for desert) oh so ONO! at the food court (Makai Market - may i suggest Patty's chinese, Yummy Korean BBQ, or Poi Bowl).

walk across the street to Ala Moana Beach park and find a place to sit, relax, and enjoy your food while watching the planes take off.

best times:

8a-10am - morning west coast flights and Asia/Pacific flights

12p-3p - main traffic time for flight leaving for the west coast (Hawaiian's peak departure time)

4pm-6pm - most flights leaving for the East coast or mid-section (MSP, ORD, EWR, etc)

9pm-11pm - rush hour for red-eyes to west coast

if i remember correctly between 9-10am FedEx usually has an MD11 taxing right next to the parking lot at the end of Lagoon Dr. usually always catch it when i go out excercising!

if your down by Kapolei area, you can catch all the flight on their finals for landing (as long as the Kona winds aren't blowing).

Aloha, A Hui Hou!
~B6FA4ever


User currently offlineEgcarter From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3282 times:



Quoting B6FA4ever (Reply 2):
if i remember correctly between 9-10am FedEx usually has an MD11 taxing right next to the parking lot at the end of Lagoon Dr. usually always catch it when i go out excercising!

That FedEx MD-11 departs HNL for ITO. It stays in Hilo for about 2 - 2 1/2 hours, then departs for LAX.


User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3277 times:
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As others mentioned, Lagoon Drive is probably the best spot to watch aircraft. If you plan on taking photographs, beware of the airport Nazis prowling the area.

Quoting B6FA4ever (Reply 2):

walk across the street to Ala Moana Beach park and find a place to sit, relax, and enjoy your food while watching the planes take off.

 checkmark  Magic Island is a nice spot to watch planes as well, and even better during Kona wind conditions (winds that blow out of the south, which is not very common).

Quoting B6FA4ever (Reply 2):
if i remember correctly between 9-10am FedEx usually has an MD11 taxing right next to the parking lot at the end of Lagoon Dr. usually always catch it when i go out excercising!

Kalitta usually brings out a B741 around 3PM. Now imagine most heavy aircraft passing that area . . . only during the Kona wind conditions of course!

And if you're lucky, you'll arrive into HNL on the Kona winds approach, or the LDA into 26L. Sit on the right side of the plane, and you'll have an outstanding view of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and downtown Honolulu. Unfortunately, the southerly winds aren't very common this time of year.

Have fun in Hawaii!


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

Aren't these views fabulous!! I always miss Honolulu.

The United Red Carpet Club has very good tarrmac/apron views. A nice place to watch airport movements, it's a very big lounge.

You can see planes from so many places, including the Bishop Museum!

Quoting Je89_w (Reply 4):
And if you're lucky, you'll arrive into HNL on the Kona winds approach, or the LDA into 26L. Sit on the right side of the plane, and you'll have an outstanding view of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and downtown Honolulu. Unfortunately, the southerly winds aren't very common this time of year.

...

Looking out upon the city lights and the stars above the ocean,
Got my ticket for the midnight plane and its not easy to leave again.
Took my clothes and put them in the bag; try not to think just yet of
leaving.
Looking out into the city night and it's not easy to leave again.

Each time Honolulu city lights stir up memories in me.
Each night Honolulu city lights bring me back again.



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User currently offlineAloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2362 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

To add to the previously mentioned spots...

1. Punchbowl Crater (Veterans Cemetery of the Pacific): Great WWII stuff plus the lookout has wonderful views of the airport.

2. Aloha Tower Market Place (Downtown/Honolulu Harbor): Similar to Waikiki and Ala Moana but a little close to the airport so the planes aren't as high. Lots of places to eat there and touristy stores as well. The part of it that fronts Honolulu Harbor has great views of planes and ships (if you're into boats too). BTW...this is where the cruise ships park.

3. For a good panorama of HNL itself, I recommend the top level of the parking structure of the Airport Industrial Complex off of Nimitz Highway/H1 (Koapaka Street/Paiea Street). The top level is a public pay parking lot with the BEST views of all of HNL. Not too much security either. As an added bonus Hawaiian Airlines headquarters is located in this building.

4. Waterfront Park in Kakaako: same as Ala Moana but closer to the airport.

5. Ke'ehi Lagoon Park: Off of Lagoon Drive. Decent public park with a blah beach but great views of aircraft just after takeoff. If we have Kona winds they are overhead literally seconds before touchdown.

Any questions...just ask  Smile

FYI....moving away from the airport towards Waikiki the waterfront viewing spots are...
Ke'ehi Lagoon
Aloha Tower Marketplace/Honolulu Harbor
Waterfrom Park
Ala Moana Park
Waikiki

OOOH....another recommendation; hike Diamond Head. Great views of the planes flying by and since you are up high (700+ feet) you get a different view as they make the turn to follow the coast.

-Aloha!



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User currently offlineBkircher From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3254 times:

WOW You guys are awsome!!! I cant wait to get here and spot. Will be gettin into HNL on the 12th this month. I think I will be going spotting for 3 or so hrs on like Tuesday. Ive looked up some of the places mentioned, but for the most part I don't know where they are, but will continue looking.

About the Kona winds, we are sitting on the left side of the plane. Hoping for I think 8L to be able to see Pearl Harbor at night. We are staying at Wikki. IDK what hotel just over there somewhere. I also am going to be renting a plane and flying myself and my parents around sometime while we are there. Lookin for a place to rent a newer than 1970's C172. LOL I called Georgian Aviation Services and they have a few, but they are old. Help appericiated as always.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

Wow! That's such a great idea! That's the way to do it!!
I would come and join in and would be more than happy to share the costs... if I was around!

Fabulous!!! You can even go to a couple of outer islands close by with a rental aircraft!

We will be waiting for your pictures and flight report!!!

Quoting Bkircher (Reply 7):
I also am going to be renting a plane and flying myself and my parents around sometime while we are there.




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User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3234 times:
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Quoting Bkircher (Reply 7):
About the Kona winds, we are sitting on the left side of the plane. Hoping for I think 8L to be able to see Pearl Harbor at night.

What time does your flight arrive? During night ops, 04R is the primary arrival runway, but I think you can still see Pearl Harbor from the left side.

Quoting Bkircher (Reply 7):
We are staying at Wikki

Haha, never heard that one before!  Wink

Quoting Bkircher (Reply 7):
Lookin for a place to rent a newer than 1970's C172. LOL I called Georgian Aviation Services and they have a few, but they are old. Help appericiated as always.

Try Moore Air or maybe Flight School Hawaii. There are a bunch of other flight schools along Lagoon Drive.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
Fabulous!!! You can even go to a couple of outer islands close by with a rental aircraft!

Yep, always a fun experience!


User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2560 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3163 times:



Quoting Bkircher (Reply 7):
About the Kona winds, we are sitting on the left side of the plane. Hoping for I think 8L to be able to see Pearl Harbor at night.

I'd bet a lot of $ that you'll be landing to the east or northeast. However, if you are coming in at night, you'll be landing on 4R, not 8L. After about 7pm, they don't use 8L for landing unless necessary for some reason. There's too many people living underneath that flight path, and so by the evening they try and send all approaches over the water (4R). From the left side you'll see Pearl Harbor, but not as well as if you were landing 8L. Mostly, you'll see the lights from the residential areas of Ewa Beach and Kapolei.

Which airline/flight are you arriving on? I'm a pilot for HA, and wondering if you're flying on us.

Have a great time in Hawaii!

HAL



One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
User currently offlineBkircher From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3126 times:

Ya coming in at night.

Thanks guys for all the help. Im gonna have to stake this thing out!!!


User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3121 times:



Quoting B6FA4ever (Reply 2):
if your just driving around...the BEST place is at the end of Lagoon Dr.

Agreed. I've been down there a number of times - it's prime viewing territory.

Quoting B6FA4ever (Reply 2):
walk across the street to Ala Moana Beach park and find a place to sit, relax, and enjoy your food while watching the planes take off.

I haven't tried that, but it sounds good.

All this is making me wish I was in Hawaii now. . .



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User currently onlineB6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 816 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (6 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3112 times:



Quoting Contrails (Reply 12):
I haven't tried that, but it sounds good.

All this is making me wish I was in Hawaii now. . .

actually, me personally...i would be bringing:
1/2 pound shoyu poke
1/2 pound sweet onion tako
1 char sui manapua
1 spam musubi

along w/ my bottle of ice cold water (either the Hawaiian Isles or Menehune brand)

finish that off w/ some rice cake!

go in the noon time to watch the afternoon rush while working on my haole'fied hawaiian tan!

oh forgot. if you're in Kailua or waimanalo beach area you can somewhat catch the planes in their decent before they fly over the Koolau's. its a good guessing game to figure out what airline it is and where it came from (depending on the day) and if you somewhat know the arrivals schedule!


User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3655 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3019 times:
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Quoting B6FA4ever (Reply 2):
if your down by Kapolei area, you can catch all the flight on their finals for landing

If you want to see aircraft on finals, one of the best places is Ewa Beach Shopping Center. The flight path is just north of the shopping center with the aircraft passing a couple of hundred feet above. There is a McDonald's there, so you can get something to eat and watch the aircraft go by.


User currently offlineTheAfterBURNER From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2972 times:

I used to live in Iroquois Point (Ewa Beach) from 1984 to 1992. There's beach (at Marina Dr and Iroquois Ave) and lagoon area (at Gannet Ave and Iroquois Dr) where you can sit and watch all planes on their final approach. It's awesome. I remember being able to count all wheels on C-5A Galaxy.  Smile That's another option, if they let you in at the gate.

User currently offlinePohakuloa From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2924 times:



Quoting B6FA4ever (Reply 2):
if your just driving around...the BEST place is at the end of Lagoon Dr. (same road where FedEx and UPS are located).

 checkmark  Thats were I go to get my fix when I need it. Dialing up the frequncies always help with my slight case of A.D.D. I have also met some good people out there as well. Seen some frequent photographers that I recognized but never really said hi to yet.

Quoting Je89_w (Reply 4):
As others mentioned, Lagoon Drive is probably the best spot to watch aircraft. If you plan on taking photographs, beware of the airport Nazis prowling the area.

 rotfl  This is the unfortunate truth!!!

Quoting B6FA4ever (Reply 13):
oh forgot. if you're in Kailua or waimanalo beach area you can somewhat catch the planes in their decent before they fly over the Koolau's. its a good guessing game to figure out what airline it is and where it came from (depending on the day) and if you somewhat know the arrivals schedule!

This is also the truth as I live on that side of the island. Some clear summer evenings just before the sun goes over the mountains though, you can clearly see the liveries of the flights. though red tails are easier to see than most.

if you are looking to spend a couple of hours out at lagoon drive, i and im sure others wouldnt mind meeting up with you if they had no other commitments and relaxing over some arrivals and departures. message me.

Aloha and enjoy your vacation!

~Pohakuloa



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User currently offlineBkircher From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2859 times:

Thanks guys for the help!!!Im not sure what I am going to be doing at the moment, but I am thinking of going to Lagoon Dr. That is by far the easiest to find, and plus I am going need to look at the flight schools over there to possibly rent, and Lagoon looks to be the best for viewing. My dad is basically going to be dropping me off over there and then going to do something for work, so once im there, I will be there for a few hours. The walk from Lagoon over towards the terminal area is rather long, and if that is by where the McDonalds is, that will take some time to get there by foot.

Hopefully the winds will favor the 26's that day and or 4R that day.

[Edited 2008-07-05 12:19:33]

User currently offlineUPS707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

I was out there last month and spent a little over 6 hours at the end of Lagoon Drive on 2 separate trips. It's interesting that people have commented on the airport nazis. I didn't see any security or similar around there and wasn't bugged at all. I have to say, the coolest thing was when the UPS MD11 was leaving for YSSY. I was out there with my 3 year old and the Captain noticed us out there and started waving to my son. He's STILL talking about it. Luckily I had the camera out and was able to get a couple of shots of him waving

One of my favorite shots, not because of it being that good, but more just because it reminds me how cool it was to be there is this.

Big version: Width: 1936 Height: 1296 File size: 686kb


User currently offlineBkircher From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2828 times:

WOW Thanks for that PIC!!

User currently offlineUPS707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2812 times:

Of course I just realised my mind moves faster than my fingers. Of course that wasn't the UPS MD11 that waved, that was a Fedex bird that took off shortly after. I must have hit a good time since I had the UPS & Fedex birds in addition to an Atlas B743 taxi by me just as close as that, and another UPS MD11 land on 4R all within about 45 mins. Definately check out Lagoon drive, you won't be disappointed as far as the heavies go. Of course the 717s and Go's ops were off of 26L most of the time, so you won't get to see too much of them from that location.

User currently offlineBkircher From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

Just to let all of the people in Hawaii know, I will be at the airport, at the end of Lagoon Dr tomorrow the 15th. I will be getting there around 7:30-8:15am.

So anyone who wants to join is welcome. You cant possibly over look me lol.


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