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Dillingham Airfield
Airport type Public
Operator Hawaii Department of Transportation
Location City and County of Honolulu
Elevation AMSL 14 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 21°34′46″N 158°11′50″W / 21.57944°N 158.19722°W / 21.57944; -158.19722 (Dillingham Airfield)Coordinates: 21°34′46″N 158°11′50″W / 21.57944°N 158.19722°W / 21.57944; -158.19722 (Dillingham Airfield)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 9,007 2,745 Asphalt
Statistics (ending 12/30/2006)
Operations 68,553
Based aircraft 57
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Dillingham Airfield (IATA: HDHICAO: PHDH) is a regional airport of the State of Hawaii. It is located in the City and County of Honolulu on the North Shore of Oʻahu near the Mokulēʻia CDP.

Most flights originating are general aviation for skydiving or glider operations. It is primarily used as a recreation facility, a base for gliding, hang gliding and parachuting.

Military operations consist largely of night operations for night vision device training.



As a general aviation joint-use facility, the airfield has one runway, a UNICOM tower, powered aircraft and glider hangars, and a tie down area for recreation aircraft. Jet-A and Avgas are available in a self-serve facility ultilizing credit cards for payment. There were plans to extend the taxiway to the end of the 26 runway, but funding was delayed. Air traffic, unless approved prior by the US Army, is limited to daytime operations by general aviation and sport parachuting operations. Although the largest users on the airfield are the sport parachuting operations, the State of Hawaii refuses safety improvements.


Two Schweizer SGS 2-32s used for tourist flights, Dillingham Airfield Oahu, 1993

Dillingham Airfield is part of a centralized state structure governing all of the airports and seaports of Hawaii. The official authority of Dillingham Airfield is the Governor of Hawaii. He or she appoints the Director of the Hawaii State Department of Transportation who has jurisdiction over the Hawaii Airports Administrator.

The Hawaii Airports Administrator oversees six governing bodies: Airports Operations Office, Airports Planning Office, Engineering Branch, Information Technology Office, Staff Services Office, Visitor Information Program Office. Collectively, the six bodies have authority over the four airport districts in Hawaii: Hawaii District, Kauaʻi District, Maui District and the principal Oʻahu District. Dillingham Airfield is a subordinate of the Oʻahu District officials.


A communications station called Camp Kawaihapai was established here in 1922 on 67 acres (27 ha) along the Oahu Railway and Land Company line. In the 1920s and 1930s, the railroad transported mobile coast artillery to the site. By 1941, the Army leased additional land and established Mokulēʻia Airstrip. Curtiss P-40 fighters were deployed at North Shore airstrips at Kahuku, Haleʻiwa and Mokulēʻia when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place. Aircraft taking off from nearby Haleʻiwa destroyed several attacking aircraft.[2]

The runway was paved, extended to 9,000 feet (2,700 m) long, and a crosswind runway added from 1942-1945. By the end of World War II, Mokulēʻia Airfield could handle B-29 Superfortress bombers. In 1946, the Army acquired an additional 583 acres (236 ha). In 1948, the airfield was inactivated and renamed Dillingham Air Force Base in memory of Captain Henry Gaylord Dillingham, a B-29 pilot who was killed in action over Kawasaki, Japan on July 25, 1945. Captain Dillingham was the son of Walter F. Dillingham and grandson of Benjamin Dillingham who founded the railroad which evolved into Hawaiian Dredging Company and the Dillingham Corporation.[2]

Nike Missles were installed in the 1950s, but were obsolete by 1970. In the 19070s the base was transfered from the Air Force back to the Army, and over time the state has negotiated leases for general aviation use. In the 1980s hangers, a tower, and a fire station were built.[2]


The TV Series Lost has filmed several scenes at Dillingham Airfield, due to its remote location close to the North Shore, where the series is primarily filmed.[3] The fuselage from Oceanic Airlines flight 815 is also stored at Dillingham, and is transported to the beach when needed for filming.[4]


  1. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for HDH (Form 5010 PDF)
  2. ^ a b c "Dillingham Field". Hawaii Aviation archive of historic photos and facts. State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Airports Division. Retrieved 2009-11-17.  
  3. ^ Lost filming locations
  4. ^ Fuselage on "Lost" web site

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