B-25H crash Jul 23, 1945 Niihau Island HI

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B-25H crash Jul 23, 1945 Niihau Island HI

Post by aworrell »

Hello to ALL

My father was killed in the subject crash Jul 23, 1945 (only one survivor) 10 weeks after I was born on VE Day May 8, 1945. He is interred in Punchbowl Crater. Have never been to Hawaii, but am planning trip perhaps 2007 or 2008.

I have obtained the crash report and photos from AAIR Aviation Archaeological Investigation & Research AND Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society is further investigating for me. Has anyone any info on Niihau Isl other than it is privately owned and access is limited? I know there is a helicopter service for Island flights and have contacted them also. Is this all I can do?

As I mentioned above, my goal is to travel to HI and specifically Niihau Island.
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RE:Niihau Isl

Post by F5FLO »

I have a freind of mine who lives in Hawaii, he told me the island is owned by the Hawaiians. So unless you full blooded born Hawaiian, I doubt you will set foot on that Island. He told me he has been there, and your right only travel there is by boat. The Hawaiian people would like one of there islands to remain prestine.


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Post by Hondo »

This address and phone number should be good for the owners of the island. I'd suggest contacting them and explain your circumstances and see if they would invite you to the island. They are doing commercial tours and safaris there now so I'd guess your chances would be pretty good.

Best of luck!

Their address is: PO Box 690086, Makaweli, HI 96769, toll free number is: 1-877-441-3500
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Post by clutchfan »

I seriously doubt anyone, the owners of that island property, local government officials, military, anyone, would stand in your way..you're visting the grave of the father you never knew. The father that died in the service of his country....God knows what was going through his mind when he knew he was going to die, assuming he did, knowing that he would never meet his infant child. As a father of a 2 1/2 year old girl, I cannot imagine that. It's just another testament to the generation who fought WW2, and proof of why they are justifiably called the Greatest Generation.

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