Aloha all!

This HNL RareBirds website was borne out of the Airliners.net Civil Aviation Forum's "HNL RareBirds" thread series, that documented rare airliners and airlines as they stopped through HNL. The thread series that encompassed over a dozen volumes that began in 2002, and ran until 2006. Rather than beginning new volumes, creating this website would allow me to put out airliner and airline news concerning HNL, and maintain editorial content and control. This news site was also started due to some of the finicky photography screeners on Airliners.net, and their questionable screening policy. I had dozens of photos rejected, even though they met the screening criteria of Airliners.net standards. So I thought, the best way to post my photos (and not be rejected), was to start this site, and apply those photos to the accompanying news posts.

At present, we have over twenty team members, with some on the Neighbor Islands, mainland, and other countries. Our goal is to bring you objective, and accurate coverage of commercial (along with military, and general) aviation events, historical pieces, airline and airliner news happenings in, and affecting, Hawai‘i. We will adhere to strict journalistic standards, and will not post speculation, conjecture, hearsay, rumors, nor gossip.

If you have information of a rarebird headed our way, or have other inquiries, they can be sent to: HNLRareBirds@gmail.com.

If you would like to take a look at the past volumes of the HNL RareBirds thread series, here is a link to the archived volumes on Airliners.net.

Aloha, Blue Wave 707

Open Call
Attention planespotters and aviation photographers residing in Hawai‘i, the HNL RareBirds team is always looking for more contributors! We are looking to add team members at all Hawai‘i airports. If you are interested in joining the HNL RareBirds team, please email us links to photos you have posted on Airliners.net, JetPhotos.net, flickr.com, or other photo sharing websites for our consideration for qualification. Please do not send us photos directly, as those emails will be deleted. The minimum camera requirement is a 5MP point & shoot digital camera, 10MP smart phone (non-digital zoom image), or DSLR. If you have HDOT AOA or SIDA ramp access, that is a huge plus.

Revised 25 June 2021