Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu
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Much of Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor remains undeveloped, but there are some attractions in addition to the wonderful beaches. Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor has a tropical savanna climate with a lot of sunshine and relatively dry summers. The wettest months are during the winter from October through March. Temperatures range from an average high of 31°C (89°F) in August and September to an average low of 19°C (66°F) in January.

Known as the Naval Air Museum Barbers Point, the Hawaiian Museum of Flying, was created in 1999 at the former Naval Air Station where the Kalaeloa Airport is now located. The museum is dedicated to saving aircraft that were at the Naval Air Station as well as other aircraft from Hawaii's naval aviation history. Visitors can put on flight gear and climb into the cockpit of a fighter jet. The Museum includes four Navy fighters and attack jets, a UP-3A Orion, a MarineCorps Sea Stallion helicopter, and many ground vehicles and equipment used by the military.

Funds of $2,500 for construction of the Barbers Point Light were appropriated in 1880. While this covered the cost of the fourth-order Fresnel lens, it was not enough to actually construct the lighthouse. In 1888, the 12.8-meter (42-foot) tower was built, and the first keeper began maintaining the light. In the early 1900s, keeper Manuel Ferreira helped save seven Japanese fishermen whose sampan sank off the reef. In 1923, he played a vital role in retrieving the quickly-sinking four-masted schooner Bianaca. In 1933, the deteriorating tower was replaced with a 22-meter (72-foot) tower, and generators were added to provide electricity for the light and related buildings. In 1964, the last keeper left the newly automated lighthouse.

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