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HAPS was formed as a State of Hawaii not for profit corporation on 15 July 2004.  the founding members and original officers were Kalani Ogata, Tim Cislo, Mari Ann Kiyabu and Colin Perry.  Our field surveys are accomplished with various volunteers who are interested in aviation history and aviation archaeology.

In September of 2005 the corporation bylaws were changed to allow the organization to apply for federal exempt status as a charitable foundation under section 501c3 of the IRS code.    The 501 (c) (3) status as a public charity was approved by the IRS, effective date July 15, 2005 On November 10th 2008, the IRS confirmed our public charity status until further notice


                                                  Scott on Site                                                 Errol on the hunt




                               Colin after a Helicopter exit                                 Toni at a Dedication


Brief BIOs in alphabetical order:                                           


Scott Gier, A Contributor, is a 1969 Naval Academy graduate, and an ex A-4 jet pilot.  He is the son of a WWII and Korean War fighter pilot.  His father, USMC Major Scott G. Gier flew F4U Corsairs through the south pacific island hopping campaign of WWII.  On 3/21/51 Major Gier went missing in action (Later KIA, BNR) after taking ground fire and crash landing during a close air support mission in his Corsair.   Scott is also a noted science fiction author. (http://genellan.com/)   In addition to being an avid hiker and surfer, he is also an excellent mountain goat.


Errol Hopkins, A contributor, and the HAPS community outreach coordinator.  Errol is legendary in the Hawaii Geocaching community, known as "Dadwrap".  He is an avid hiker, exploring virtually all of the mountain trails of Oahu.   When not Geocaching or searching for wrecks, his daytime job is President and a Principal of Jerry Hay, Inc a general insurance agency in Honolulu.


Colin Perry, Director, a HAPS co-founder, contributor, and webmaster, is a retired USAF troop carrier/Military Airlift pilot and  Pan Am pilot who grew up in Hawaii.  He now does the admin duties and website updates for HAPS.  He leads hikes for the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii and is an insurance agent for Jerry Hay, Inc in Honolulu when not in the mountains of Oahu.


Toni Russ,  A HAPS contributor and staff historian.  Toni moved to Hawaii in 2007 after serving at the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB, AL as an archivist and researcher.  Toni is the HAPS photographer and public events coordinator.





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