Learn About an Aviation PioneerO‘ahu

Seeing as Hawai‘i is a group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it follows that Hawai‘i would be greatly affected by the advent of aviation.

Legendary aviator AMELIA EARHART made two trips to Hawai‘i that are now immortalized in an intriguing exhibit at the PACIFIC AVIATION MUSEUM. The exhibit displays exclusive photos from the Matson Navigation Company in a fitting locale—Luke Field on Ford Island—where Ms. Earhart ground looped her Lockheed Electra on take-off March 20, 1937, as she was attempting her round-the-world flight.

Another aviation legend, daredevil pilot TOM GUNN, became the first person inducted into the newly created Pacific Aviation Pioneers exhibit that opened in 2013. Housed in HANGAR 37, the ongoing exhibit highlights the personalities who created aviation history in the Pacific, with at least four pioneers or teams of pioneers to be spotlighted every year.

At the Pacific Aviation Museum, which

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was named “one of the Top Ten Aviation Attractions” by TripAdvisor, visitors can see vintage warplanes and displays dedicated to air combat and its vital role in the Pacific during WWII.

Additionally, the museum holds two “LIVING HISTORY DAYS” a year, plus one “OPEN COCKPIT DAY” each quarter—perfect events to enhance visitors’ experience.

Living History Day is when historical characters will come to life amid musical performances, swing dance demos and hands-on activities. The all-day event (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will feature more than 45 aircraft and two battlefield hangars to explore, as well as film screenings in the Main Theater. The event is free to museum members or with museum admission.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets may be purchased online (www.pacificaviationmuseum.org) or at the USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL VISITOR CENTER.

Pacific Aviation Museum (808) 441-1000