Dillingham Airfield is a general aviation airport operated by the Hawaii Department of Transportation under a 25-year lease from the U.S. Army. The state leases 272 acres of the 650 acre Dillingham Military Reservation and operates the single 5,000-foot runway primarily for commercial glider and sky diving operations.
The field is a joint-use airfield with the Army having first priority for air-land operations and helicopter night-vision training. The airfield is not lighted for night operations by general aviation. Oahu District of the State Airports System operates and maintains the airfield and utilities systems.
The state leased Dillingham from the Air Force in 1962 for general aviation use on a short-term basis. In about 1974, the Air Force transferred the base to the Army. The state acquired a longer term lease from the Army in 1974 and in 1983 signed a 25-year lease.
Hangars for fixed wing aircraft and gliders, bathrooms and a Unicom Tower/fire station were added in 1985-1986. Master plans for Dillingham were accomplished in 1980 and 1993 along with an environmental assessment in 2000.
The Defense Authorization Act of 1990 provided that the 67 acres of ceded land of old Camp Kawaihapai be transferred to the state after an agreement on future joint-use of the airfield was reached.
The 2001 Legislature passed Act 276 that changed the official name of the airfield located at Kawaihapai, formerly known as Dillingham airfield, to Kawaihapai airfield. The Act will take effect upon the completion of the transfer of the airfield back to the State by the U.S. Army.
In 2018, there were 31,163 air operations at HDH.
Future improvements and initiatives include a new 35-year lease from the Army and Joint-Use Agreement (MOA), taxiway extension, water system upgrade and additional hangars
For more information contact the Oahu District Manager at [email protected].