During World War II, the Marine Corps built a small airstrip near Kamuela, Hawaii, consisting of a graded and oiled strip 3,000-feet long on land belonging to Parker Ranch.  It was designed for use by liaison aircraft in connection with their training operations on Hawaii.  This facility was known as Bordelon Field.

In order to provide air service to the Waimea district after the war, the area on which this airstrip was situated was leased from Parker Ranch by the Hawaii Aeronautics Commission.

Service to Kameula was supplied by a number of non-scheduled operators. The first freight service fully demonstrated the economic feasibilty of an airport at Waimea.  This field was not adequate for scheduled passenger service which was felt to be essential to the welfare and develop of the area.