John Rodgers Airport was the first airport in the Territory of Hawaii. It was dedicated on March 27, 1927. The airport was named after pioneer aviator John Rodgers who made the first trans-Pacific flight on August 31, 1925.
John Rodgers Airport was renamed Honolulu Airport on May 2, 1947 after it was returned to the Territory by the military after World War II. The airport was renamed Honolulu International Airport on April 27, 1951. A new jet age passenger terminal (John Rodgers Terminal) was constructed on the north ramp and dedicated on August 22, 1962. The south ramp where the airport was originally located became home to cargo, general aviation and aircraft maintenance activities. A new Commuter Terminal was dedicated on June 2, 1988. A new Interisland Terminal was dedicated on July 20, 1993.
Barber’s Point Naval Air Station was commissioned on April 15, 1942. The base was decomissioned in 1998 and turned over to the State of Hawaii for use as Kalaeloa Airport, an alternate landing site for Honolulu International Airport and for general aviation purposes.
The Waimanalo Military Reservation was established in 1917. The installation was renamed Bellows Field in 1933 to honor 2nd Lt. Franklin B. Bellows.
Dillingham Field was originally known as Mokuleia Airfield and was established by the Army in 1922 as Camp Kawaihapai. Today it is used by the state for glider and sky diving activities.
Haleiwa Field was located on the northwest coast of Oahu, 30 miles from Honolulu. Originally (prewar) it was a center for private flying. The Army improved the field during the early part of World War II and in 1944 the Navy took the field over for carrier-landing training. In 1946 the field became part of the Territorial airport system.
Formerly Barbers Point NAS, Kalaeloa Airport was deeded to the State of Hawaii on July 1, 1999 as a general aviation reliever airport. It also supports the U.S. Coast Guard, Hawaii National Guard and the Hawaii Community College Flight Program.
The Navy decided to acquire all of Mokapu Peninsula to expand Naval Air Station Kaneohe, a sea plane base it had begun building in September 1939 and would commission on 15 February 1941.
Kipapa Field was situated on the central plateau of Oahu 15 miles from downtown Honolulu on the road which leads to Haleiwa Airport.
Dillingham Field is used by general aviation, glider and parasail companies and the military.
Ford Island was leased by the State from 1970 to 1999 for use by general aviation, student pilots and flight schools. It was closed when the State acquired Kalaeloa Airport.
Kalaeloa Airport is used primarily by general aviation aircraft, flight schools and the military.
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