Hele to Jurassic FallsKaua‘i

MANAWAIOPUNA FALLS is not only difficult to wrap your tongue around, it’s also hard to find. Located in the wild on private property, it is off limits to the ordinary person.

But film director Steven Spielberg is, of course, no ordinary person. That’s why scenes from his 1993 blockbuster “JURASSIC PARK” were shot at the falls; the movie also is how the 360-foot gusher in a valley near HANAPEPE gained its worldly fame.

ISLAND HELICOPTERS owner and chief pilot Curt Lofstedt is no ordinary person either. He’s been FLYING TOURS over Manawaiopuna Falls for years. But five years ago, he and his wife, Bonnie, began seeking state and county permits to land at the falls.

In May 2010, they succeeded and have been flying visitors to Manawaiopuna Falls ever since.

The 25-minute landing is part of the company’s deluxe 90-minute Grand Circle Island helicopter tour. After touchdown, participants take a short, guided walk to the falls, during which they learn about flora, fauna and historical attributes of the area. Based at Kaua‘i’s main airport in Lihu‘e, Island Helicopters operates two A-Star AS350B2 helicopters. Tours are available five days a week.

Island Helicopters Kaua’i (808) 245-8588 or (800) 829-5999