Kawaihapai Airfield, formerly known as Dillingham Airfield, is a general aviation airfield owned by the U.S. Army and managed by the Hawaii Department of Transportation Airports Division (HDOTA) under authority of a short-term revocable lease. The site has been operated as a military installation since the 1920’s. HDOTA began management of the facility in 1962.
HDOTA leases 278 acres of the 650-acre Dillingham Military Reservation and operates the single 5,000-foot runway primarily for commercial glider and skydiving operations. The facility 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.
HDOTA is working with the U.S. Army to identify whether there are options to resolve long-term concerns with the lease for the Kawaihapai Airfield.
Public documents and additional information on the lease transition are disclosed and available for viewing by visiting: https://airports.hawaii.gov/hdh/hdh-lease-transition/