Maui Radio Control Modelers (MRCM) is a non-profit organization devoted to the education of the community about aviation and specifically to teach and promote the building and flying of radio control (RC) models of aircraft. MRCM has been pursuing this goal at the old Puunene airfield for over 30 years.
MRCM is an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) gold leader chartered club. The flying site is located just off Mokulele highway behind the drag strip. Demonstrations, workshops, and hands on flight training are offered through out the year.
Membership in the club is open to residents of the county, and visitors alike and requires membership in the AMA.
Special discounted visitor memberships are available for those here for a short time. Once approved, Members have full flying privileges at our flying field in Pu'unene.
Members enjoy many special interests in the hobby: from half-A to giant scale, gliders to pylon racers, sport flyers to scale war birds, built-up composite construction to 3D foamies and park flyers. Member’s planes utilize turbines, glow and gasoline internal combustion engines, as well as electric motors for propulsion.
The Maui RC Modelers is a very active Club that flies virtually seven days a week. Our busiest times are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 8am and noon. Members enjoy an asphalt runway that is over one thousand feet long and six hundred feet wide, and a covered pit area with ample setup stands.
Other amenities include ample parking, a barbecue pit, picnic tables, and a porta potty. Glow fuel is also available for purchase.
The Maui RC Modelers provide training for beginners using our aircraft or theirs. Contact a club officer for more information.
Stephen Groff, President - 808-357-0251
Casey McGinty, Vice President
Lenie Lawrence, Safety Officer
Mike Moyers, Treasurer
John Dunning, Director
Bob Paris, Secretary
The airfield our club is utilizes today used to be part of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pu’unene, once surrounded by large tracts of sugar cane fields. NAS Pu’unene was activated in 1940 and by mid-1942, its size and infrastructure were no longer sufficient to accommodate the volume of transient squadrons heading to the fleet and the various air bases closer to the war zones. Thus, the Navy proposed building a reliever air station nearby and subsequently selected a location five miles north of Pu’unene...
If you want to read more about the exciting past of our air field, go to Paul Freeman's online database detailing information and first hand memories about airports in the United States which are no longer in operation. Click here.
A 1/30/42 aerial view of NAS Maui's ramp. [Photo Credit: Paul Freeman via http://www.airfields-freeman.com/]