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Paradise Helicopters Assists Residents Affected by Volcanic Activity

May 8, 2018, 1:12 PM HST
* Updated May 8, 1:16 PM
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Paradise Helicopters flight over previous activity, NOT the current lava flow. PC: Paradise Helicopters

Paradise Helicopters has launched several efforts to assist communities affected by the recent volcanic activity on  Hawai‘i Island.

Through June 30, 2018, Paradise will donate $10 per seat on all directly booked tours originating from Hilo International Airport and $20 per seat on tours departing from Kona International Airport to support relief efforts serving Leilani Estates evacuees.

Paradise is also offering Leilani Estates residents discounted flights from Hilo to help them survey their home or property and is flying members of the news media over the area to provide accurate, up-to-date coverage.

Paradise Helicopters flight over previous activity, NOT the current lava flow. PC: Paradise Helicopters

Paradise is actively working with County of Hawai‘i regulatory agencies to offer relief assistance in coordination with ongoing efforts by emergency responders.

Due to current Federal Aviation Administration Temporary Flight Restrictions, non-emergency aircraft and drone operators are restricted from flying in airspace up to 3,000 feet above ground level within a 5-nautical-mile radius centered on Leilani Estates and a 2-nautical-mile radius centered on Kiluea’s Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent.

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“The entire staff at Paradise is concerned for the safety and well-being of these communities,” said Calvin Dorn, CEO of Paradise Helicopters. “We are requesting permission to assist with emergency relief in whatever capacity we can, and are offering deeply discounted flights to Leilani Estates residents. Whenever possible, we are providing those residents complimentary last-minute standby seats from Hilo.”

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These efforts are part of Paradise’s longstanding Ho‘omaluo Program, which supports environmental and community stewardship. The company has also previously provided assistance when requested and permitted under an ongoing agreement with the County of Hawai‘i Fire Department, although no Paradise flights to provide relief for the recent volcanic activity have yet been authorized.

Discounted and media Paradise flights may be booked by calling (808) 961-6810.

Flights are limited and are subject to change, and proof of Leilani Estates residency is required for discount.

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For all other tours, visit ParadiseCopters.com.

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