Dillingham Airfield, also known as Kawaihapai Airfield, is a general aviation airport 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 272 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 Dillingham Airfield. HDOTA has extended the proposed lease termination date to December 31, 2021.
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/