We have reached cruising altitude.
At this time, please disregard all portable electronic devices…
One of our favorite adventures at Travaasa Hana is the thrilling glider experience! Soaring high above Hana, the glider adventure offers a bird’s eye view of Maui’s natural beauty. Sit shotgun as you soak in the many magnificent waterfalls, the island’s spectacular shoreline, lush green valleys and rugged slopes. It will give the term “airplane mode” a whole new meaning.
Each day at 9 am, guests of Travaasa Hana have the opportunity to co-pilot for the extraordinary Hans. Our resident guide of the Hana skies, Jan “Hans” Pieters, has been flying gliders since he was 14 years old. Today, he is currently the only pilot allowed to fly over Haleakalā National Park and its volcano crater.
Gliding is actually one of the original forms of flying and was practiced by the Wright Brothers before adding engines to their aircrafts. Today, Hans flies a motorized glider that allows for himself to pilot and one single passenger (or automatic first class seating) to get up close and personal with the clouds.
After takeoff, Hans climbs to 11,000 feet in the air before shutting off the engine and letting the wind guide as he navigates silently through the clouds over Haleakalā Crater.
No engine, No problem.
While the thought of turning off the plane once you’re in the sky may seem… a bit crazy, gliding with no engine can be an extremely peaceful experience. Floating along the clouds in silence is about as Zen as it gets!
When you’re way up there, the amazingness of Hana is remarkable. You’ll see the location of Travaasa and the Ocean Bungalows overlooking the calming surf.
You’ll have your head in the clouds – literally and figuratively.
Hans offers the glider adventure seven days a week in 30 or 60-minute sessions to guests ages 9 and up. This experience is weather permitting and based on availability. To make a reservation, please contact our concierge at 808-270-5276. Guests staying with the Total Travaasa rate can use resort credit. Pricing begins at $165.00 plus tax for a 30-minute flight and $300 plus tax for a 60-minute flight.
Still can’t get enough?
Mokulele Airlines offers the ability to skip the drive and make the journey from Kahului (OGG) to the Hana Airport (HNM) in just 21 minutes on a 9-seat Cessna. We’ll even include roundtrip airfare from Kahului to Hana Airport when you book three or more consecutive nights on a Total Travaasa Package.