From Honolulu, Hawaii to Key West, Florida and Everything In-Between
Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Eric Nakamoto is a 5th generation Japanese-American to live in Hawaii.
In 2010 he sold everything he owned to pursue his dreams of aviation.
In September 2011, he packed two large suit cases and moved to the mainland in hopes to seek out the best training to fly powered hang gliders also known as trikes.
After several months of living in hangars throughout the West Coast freezing his okole off, he decided it was time to follow the heat and head South.
In January 2012, Eric settled in Zephyrhills, Florida where he would make Zephyrhills Municipal Airport his ultimate training ground.
"I literally locked myself in a trailer, studied, and flew. That's all I did. But I was free, I was flying."
In July 2013, with his mentors and team of extraordinary trike pilots, Eric flew across the nation from Zephyrhills, Florida to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The incredible journey was a 2,500 mile cross-country where he would fly into Trike Fest and the Greatest Aviation Celebration known as Oshkosh Air Venture.
By May 2014, Eric had flown into over 40 airports which included his solo flights to Georgia and Key West, FL. He had experienced flying through all Classes of Airspace including Miami's Class Bravo and flew through every which type of adverse weather conditions the 'mainland' threw at him. It was time to return home to Hawaii.
Today, Eric Nakamoto owns and operates Hang Gliding Hawaii, a flight school located on the North Shore of Oahu. He is a FAA Certified Private Pilot w/ Night Flight Endorsements, Certified Flight Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, Light-Sport Repairman with a Maintenance Rating, and an Independent Rotax Maintenance Technician.
"I feel blessed to share my gift of flight with you in a place so very special to me."