Private charters are available. Our aircraft are being disinfected before each flight. Seats and surfaces are being treated prior to any passengers boarding the aircraft. Our facilities also undergo additional cleanings throughout the day. We continue to monitor the CDC for updates and will implement all recommendations to protect our employees and customers while providing essential flight services. Please call us at (808) 834-1111 or email us at to book a private charter.
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Makani Kai Air

Richard Schuman is a fourth-generation Hawaii resident whose great grandfather, Gustav A. Schuman, immigrated to Hawaii from Germany in 1893. Gustav established Schuman Carriage Company, Hawaii’s oldest car dealership, that was in business for over a century.

Richard is a graduate of Damien High School and earned his business degree at Northwood University in Michigan. In 1996, he established Schuman Aviation Company to provide, “the best customer service of any aviation company in Hawaii, bar none.” Schuman’s local upbringing provided him a firm understanding and appreciation of the culture and the people of Hawaii.

Before you book:


As of 3/11/2020 all tours to Kalaupapa have been suspended until further notice as a preemptive measure against the possible spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to residents.

Hawai'i State law requires all individuals to secure a permit prior to entering Kalaupapa. Any visitors who want to visit Kalaupapa and are not sponsored by a Kalaupapa resident should sign up for a tour with Kalaupapa Rare Adventures, which will provide them with a permit to enter the settlement. You can contact them at or by phone at (808) 567-6088. Remember, persons under 16 years of age are not permitted to visit Kalaupapa.

Changes: Changing a reservation costs $25 per seat. Tickets are non-refundable. Please have your confirmation number handy when you call to change a reservation.

Bag Policy: You can bring two carry-on bags that do not exceed 15 pounds and fit into the baggage sizer free of charge. Carry-ons can be stored in the rear of the aircraft as you enter. All other bags up to 50 pounds are $20 each. Bags between 50 and 70 pounds and over-size bags are $30. Bags exceeding 70 pounds are not accepted. Dogs are $30 and must be in either a soft carry case or kennel. Sporting equipment items such as firearms (in locked hard sided cases), archery bows, and surfboards up to six feet (without the skegs) are $30.

Age Policy: Unaccompanied minors aged 5 to 12 are charged an additional $25 each way. Children under the age of five must be accompanied by an adult.