A regular van would suffice, we know. But our custom made mini buses are the cat’s meow for comfort and convenience. The buses feature low, wide and enclosed entrances, wide aisles and lots of head room. Huge windows, spacious seating, flat screen TVs and other amenities make these motor coaches a most pleasant place to be.

Makani Kai Helicopters is dedicated to providing persons with disabilities comfortable and easy access to our vans and our aircraft. It all starts with our mini bus that has a special lift to accommodate electric wheelchair-bound passengers to transport them to and from their hotel in air conditioned comfort. We also fabricated a special lift to move the passenger from his or her wheelchair right up into the cabin of the helicopter.


Makani Kai Helicopters owners Richard and Diane Schuman have long made it a practice to give back to the community. Their charity of choice is the Make A Wish Foundation, which gives hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

For more than a decade, Makani Kai Helicopters has given free tours of the island to hundreds and hundreds of Make A Wish children. These youth, between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18, have progressive, degenerative or malignant medical conditions that place the child’s life in jeopardy. But, for an hour, they can enjoy the stunning scenery of this special place and realize a wish granted.