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Topic: Hale'iwa field, Site of taylor & welch's launch< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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I posted earlier some pictures of Wheeler Airfield after the attack, and as of January 2004. Two of the pilots who managed to get into the air on December 7th were at Wheeler when the attack started. They quickly called their own base, Haleiwa Airfield, and ordered two P-40's readied, and raced up the valley between the two mountain ranges on Oahu to the north shore. They arrived around nine minutes later to find two P-40's started and waiting for them and quickly launched into history.

Below is a thumbnail image of how the abandoned airstrip looked from the air as of January, 2004.



A larger image can be viewed here, and more information on Haleiwa Field can be read at the Hawaiian Aviation History Page

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Great aerial of Haliewa Field.
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From the Honolulu area, head north on H-2 through Wahiawa, and on toward the North Shore.   Stay on H-2 toward Haleiwa, and then turn toward Waimea.   As you pass the small harbor in Haleiwa, the point ahead of you is where the old airstrip was located.
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Has anyone considered returning the airfield to how it looked at the time of the attack?  I mean this was the airfield where the only really successful counter attack launched from. (Besides the Wards sinking the midget sub.)  The airfield should at the very least be thoroughly cleaned up.

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Aloha All,
The idea to restore Haliewa to its former splender caught the fancy of many a visitor to Hawaii. The land purchase is well beyond many who have considered the project. The current owners do not really know of the use the property occasionally is cultivated with.  
So wandering Haliewa, as I did alone, should be a group effort. I am all for a museum to be placed there dedicated to the aerial defense of that day. I have a good, retired friend who is ready to help.

Of course, Haliewa HAS had been touted by the various movies as THE location where the defense of Oahu was successful....yet there were many locations where aircraft sortied...to ultimately have over 70 American aircraft airborne during the attack.
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There are quite a number of site around O'ahu that are deserving of some sort of restoration for history's sake.   Unfortunately many are presently in the hands of people who either don't care, or want to make it into a paying venture.   A prime example is the site of one of the ARIZONA's aft turrets.   After the ship went down, the aft turrets were refurbished and turned over to the Army for shore installtions.   One of these was near Kaneohe, and the other was at Kahe Point.   The Kahe Point site owner told me that he was considering building the area up as a place for tourist luaus, with a trip through the old battery as an extra option, for a price.   The turret is gone, but the tunnels and concrete "barbette" still exist.   The place could be restored to some extent, but the owner didn't want to invest in that as in itself, it would not put much cash in his pocket.   It is a pity, but it seems that some folks only want to do things for the personal profit, not for the saving of historic sites.
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